Family fun-day starts conversation about mental health

A local family have organised a family fun-day and rugby derby to raise money for mental health charities in memory of 25-year-old Nathan Christy, who died last year. Wigan Council’s Deal for Communities Investment Fund has contributed £2,000 to the event on Saturday 19th August, which will go towards hiring a bouncy castle, face painters, … Read more

Chance to hear new health proposals

Sefton residents are being invited to an event to hear about proposals on the future of orthopaedic services. Healthwatch Sefton, the local health and social care consumer champion, is holding a session on Friday, September 8, to ensure everyone is aware of proposals for orthopaedic services and how they will be delivered in the future. … Read more

Citizens Advice finds people with mental health problems are being failed when trying to engage with essential everyday services

Official statistics find that a quarter of people experience mental health problems. Between February and March 2017, Citizens Advice carried out research with people affected by mental health conditions to get a sense of the challenges they faced. The research allowed them to understand what kind of barriers people with mental health problems encountered when … Read more

Health Secretary praises Trust’s ‘exceptional improvement’

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has congratulated staff for “exceptional improvement” made at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. The Trust was the most improved in England between January and March for getting patients home from hospital. Shorter hospital stays are an indicator of efficient care as well as releasing beds to newly poorly patients who … Read more

Council passes annual health check with flying colours

Wigan Council has passed its annual financial health check with flying colours according to an external audit report. The council’s finances are reviewed each year to ensure it provides value for money, demonstrates competent decision making, good partnership working and is able to balance the books. Wigan Council’s ‘statement of accounts’ were published in May, … Read more

Health worker claimed relatives had died to claim sick pay

A health care worker lied about the deaths of three family members to falsely claim almost a year’s paid absence from work between 2012 and 2015. Over a period of three years Joseph Wilson first told his NHS employer a brother had died, followed later by his cousin and then his sister. Wilson, aged 41, … Read more