Read Anna Bradley's speech from Healthwatch England's launch
Healthwatch England launched on 1 October 2012. The day was marked by two events.
Anna Bradley, chair, and Amanda Hutchinson, the then-interim director, visited Chelmsford to talk to colleagues from the Healthwatch Essex Pathfinder about their experiences of building a local Healthwatch.
In the evening, a special event was hosted at Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, where Anna Soubry, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, welcomed the launch of Healthwatch England. The event was also attended by more than 120 stakeholders from local and national charities and colleagues from local government and the Department of Health. Read Anna Bradley's speech below.
In a specially commissioned short film for the launch, members of the public and people who use health and social care services gave us their views on what Healthwatch England should achieve. The film is captioned.