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The Health and Social Care Act of 2012 put people at the centre of their health and social care. To help realise that ambition, a Healthwatch organisation was set up in every local authority area across England. Each one is a key part of its local community and works in partnership with other organisations in its area.
This includes the local authority, the NHS, local hospitals and voluntary organisations. The main purpose of Healthwatch is to understand the needs, experiences and concerns of people who use health and social care services and to speak out on their behalf.