STAFFORD health leaders say they face a barrage of abuse on Twitter when they try to discuss health issues facing the town.
They are calling for a “mutually respectful relationship” concentrating on issues, not insults.
“The reason we do this job is to make a difference for the people we serve,” Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group chief executive Andy Donald told civic leaders.
“It is unfortunate that we are vilifed by the people we come in contact with on social media.
“We are not always going to agree, but we are trying to do our best as public servants for the population we serve.”
He told the borough council’s health scrutiny committee that the CCG was looking at how it could develop its use of social media and other ways of debating health proposals and future priorities with the members of the public and community groups to create a more constructive debate.
“At the moment, when we tweet anything we just get a flood of abuse from the same five or six people,” he added.