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A THREE-year contract has been signed so a patient support group can be created in Portsmouth.

Healthwatch Portsmouth will act as an NHS patient voice, so people can influence services, and raise questions.

Portsmouth City Council has signed a three-year contract with Learning Links to deliver the service.

The contract value is £150,000 for one year, and is expected to be the same for the next two.

Zoe Gray, chief executive of Learning Links, said: ‘Healthwatch will help people make choices about health and social care and get the best out of services.

‘It needs to evolve in response to the needs of people, and ultimately be led by them, so we hope they will get involved.’

Healthwatch Portsmouth is looking for more members.

Councillor Leo Madden, in charge of health and social care, said: ‘This will give people a voice at a time of great change in health and social care.

‘It will provide information and advice, and will be able to challenge decisions on the public’s behalf.’

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