The district’s newly reformed health and social care watchdog has appointed a chairman.
Peter Loosemore has joined Healthwatch Wakefield, an independent body set up to scrutinise NHS services and champion the needs of patients that takes over from Wakefield Local Involvement Network (LINk).
Mr Loosemore has more than 30 years’ experience in the public sector, and was formerly Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for social services and health.
He said: “I am really looking forward to this new challenge. With all the recent publicity about health and social care, it is essential that people’s voices are heard and responded to at a time when there are so many challenges ahead.”
Mr Loosemore, who joined the watchdog at the beginning of June, was selected by an independent panel.