HEALTHWATCH Barnsley will begin in April 2013 and will be the new independent consumer champion for health and social care services.

Barnsley Council have appointed Voluntary Action Barnsley to set up and support this new service.

Healthwatch Barnsley will support local people to have a greater say in decisions about the services they receive - ensuring that local voices are not only heard but listened to in order to make sure that improvements are made.

Cllr Jenny Platt, said: ''Healthwatch is about giving local people a powerful voice in order to make sure that local people’s needs, views and experiences are taken into account so they can have a real influence.''