Volunteers sought to observe Shropshire health work

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Volunteers are being sought to observe work in hospitals and GP practices for a Shropshire patient watchdog.

Healthwatch Shropshire, which says it challenges health and social care services providers, is starting visits this year.

The volunteers do not need a background in health and social care, it said.

Recruits would visit a service - which could include mental health services, community health services and care homes - and produce a report.

Healthwatch Shropshire chief officer Jane Randall-Smith said: "We're not looking for people with qualifications.

"We're looking for people who are passionate about health and care services in Shropshire who want to make sure that we do have high quality services available to people.

"We're trying to build up a picture in terms of hotspots and trends of what the issues are across Shropshire."

The group said it was set up under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 "to give citizens a stronger voice to influence and challenge how their health and social care services are provided".

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