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New project launches to find out how the cost of living crisis is affecting people’s health

by | Jun 8, 2023 | Healthwatch Gloucestershire, Local Healthwatch

Healthwatch Gloucestershire, the county’s independent health and social care champion, wants to know how the cost of living crisis is affecting local people’s health and wellbeing, and if the increasing financial pressure is affecting people’s ability to access the care they need.

Through a survey, interviews, focus groups and community events, Healthwatch Gloucestershire aims to gather first-hand accounts and experiences from residents whose physical or mental health has been impacted by the cost of living crisis.

The insights gained from this project will contribute to a report that will be shared with health and care providers and policymakers. The report will highlight key problems faced by local people and recommend actions to help reduce the health impacts of the cost of living crisis.

Lucy White, Manager of Healthwatch Gloucestershire, spoke passionately about the project, commenting: “There’s growing concern, locally and nationally, that the rising cost of living is affecting people’s health and wellbeing and also exacerbating health inequalities. In recent months, we’ve heard that cost is becoming a barrier to local people getting the care they need. They have told us they are struggling to afford prescriptions, dental treatment, transport to medical appointments, and phone and broadband charges for consultations and communication with their GP. This project reflects our commitment to ensuring that the voices and concerns of our community are heard and acted upon by those with the power to improve support to help everyone stay healthy and well.”

Healthwatch Gloucestershire wants people from across the county to share their experiences (confidentially) by 30 June 2023 to help improve support for local people.

[Online survey now closed]

You can also share feedback over the phone or at a community discussion group. To find out how to get involved, visit the project webpage or call Freephone 0800 652 5193.

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