No – Healthwatch is the new independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of the public. Healthwatch will play a role at both national and local level and will make sure that the views of the public and people who use services are taken into account.
Healthwatch has two parts: Healthwatch England which works at national level, and 152 community-focused Local Healthwatch organisations, one for each unitary authority area in England. Healthwatch Barking and Dagenham is part of this network.
Healthwatch Barking and Dagenham is independent of both Barking and Dagenham Council and the NHS.