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Young Entrepreneur urges people to have their say about changes to the NHS


 Healthcare in the East Riding of Yorkshire will only work if people get to have their say – urges young business owner Freya Harvey.

21-year-old Freya of Design27, from Rawcliffe Bridge, is encouraging others to speak out as part of “What Would You do?” led, by independent health and social care champions Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire.

Launched In March, “What would you do?” aims to encourage people across the region to share their views about how extra money from the Government should be spent on local NHS services.

The Government is investing £20 billion a year in the NHS as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Local organisations are now being asked to explore how services should change locally to make the NHS work better for people.

Freya said: “As a young person I feel it is important to make sure my voice and the voice of young people across the area is heard. This is a chance for us to give our experiences and thoughts about the NHS and shape what it can look like in the future.

“By talking and listening to people who have been ill and used these services – you get fantastic knowledge and feedback about health services, which we will all have to use at some stage in our lives.

“Patients are the experts; each and every one of them has a story to share – whether that’s good or bad. I would encourage others to take part and make sure their voice is heard.”

“What would you do?” aims to get feedback from people in an online survey. Questions will focus on local services in the following areas cancer; mental health; dementia; heart and lung conditions; learning disabilities and autism.

Matthew Fawcett Manager at Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire, added: “The NHS only works when the voices of the people who use it are heard. This is a once in a generation chance for local people to help decide where this extra money from Government should be spent in our NHS services in our local area.

“We want to hear from as many people as possible about what works, what doesn’t and how they think local health services should be improved. No matter how big or small the issue, we want to hear about it. Sharing your experience with us is quick and easy - and could make a big difference.”

Staff and volunteers from Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire will be out across the area where people can share their views. For full listing of Healthwatch outreach can be found at


People can also share their views in an online survey, visit https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/what-would-you-do


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