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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chair re-appointed

June 23, 2006 12:50 PM

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's Chairman, Professor Sir John Arbuthnott, is extending his chairmanship for another year.

Sir John, who was due to give up the Chair at the end of this year, has been asked by Health Minister Andy Kerr to stay on until 30 November 2007.

This will allow Sir John to continue overseeing some of the major projects he's been involved in over the last four years, including the opening of the new Beatson Centre and the laying of the foundations of the new Victoria and Stobhill Hospitals.

Sir John said: "I'm delighted to extend my chairmanship and look forward to another year helping to guide NHSGGC through its modernisation plans.

"The past four years has seen far-reaching plans laid for the development of health services across the whole Board area and, over the coming months, I will start to see some of those plans come to fruition.

"I'm particularly looking forward to seeing the new £100m Beatson opening next year which will not only have the most up-to-date technology, but has been specifically designed to provide a calming, relaxing atmosphere for patients.

"Other exciting developments over the coming year include the start of work on our new multi-million pounds Stobhill and Victoria Hospitals and the development of the South Glasgow hospital site.

"Plans will also be well advanced for the new Children's Hospital for Glasgow and we are also pushing forward a whole new approach for the development of community health and social services."

He added: "It promises to be a very busy 18 months."

Professor Sir John Arbuthnott is a microbiologist of 40 years standing.He has held a number of University teaching positions.In 2000, he completed a period of nine years as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.He was knighted in January, 1998 and has been Chair of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde since 2002.

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