Garstang councillor lands top county role

Health role: County Coun Val Wilson
Health role: County Coun Val Wilson

GARSTANG’S county councillor has landed a top new role at County Hall.

Coun Val Wilson has been chosen for the new post of cabinet member with responsibility for health and well being by county leader Coun Geoff Driver.

She will have power to make key decisions to address health issues across the county and respond to the government’s NHS reforms, which will see changes in the way health services in Lancashire are delivered.

Priorities for her new role include reducing health inequalities, tackling alcohol, smoking and other health issues and ensuring health priorities are aligned with the county’s economic and education plans.

Coun Wilson said: “I have worked on health-related issues for many years and am honoured to be chosen for this post.”

“The focus on health and wellbeing is changing. We’re doing all we can to prioritise preventing health problems and reducing inequalities.

“This will be reflected in the government reforms. I look forward to working with our partners on these issues.”

Coun Wilson will also sit on the newly formed Primary Care Trust cluster board for Lancashire, Blackpool, and Blackburn with Darwen.

Before taking up her new role last week Coun Wilson, a former NHS health researcher who lives in Catterall, had been the ‘lead member’ for health since June 2009.

She will receive a special responsibility allowance of £15,924 for her new role.

As well as her county role, Coun Wilson, a Conservative, is also a member of Wyre Council, having been elected for Wyresdale ward last month.

Her husband, Gurth Wilson, is a member and ex-chairman of Catterall Parish Council.