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Comments to Stage 1 of the Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill.

August 30, 2006 10:00 AM

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board Chairman Sir John Arbuthnott has submitted comments to Stage 1 of the Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill.

On behalf of the Board Sir John opposes the Bill and outlines the reasons for that view.  The written submission will form part of the evidence-gathering Stage 1 of the Bill process

The key points of the submission are:

1.Accountability - there is a clear line of accountability through the Minister for Health and Community Care to the Scottish Parliament - there cannot be dual accountability to local communities through directly elected members.

2.Democratic Representation - as well as the democratic oversight provided by Ministers the addition of local Councillors to NHS Boards and CHP Committees provides a substantial and direct democratic input to NHS business and reflects increasingly integrated decision making.If there were also directly elected Board members there is potential for confusion and conflict between members from different "electoral" systems.

3.Public Involvement - NHS Boards have a substantial emphasis on public involvement and engagement which is subject to clear performance management.

4.Responsibility - by what method would directly elected members be held accountable for their decisions if these are damaging to the public interest - will there be surcharges as there are for local Councillors?

These key points are expanded upon in the formal written submission which is available on NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's website www.nhsggc.org.uk or by clicking here: http://library.nhsgg.org.uk/mediaAssets/library/nhsggc_health_board_elections_bill.pdf

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