Monday, 31 August 2015

Thank you

I am delighted to hear that I have been re-elected as a Governor for Guildford. Thank you to all those who voted for me - it's very greatly appreciated.

The next 9 to 12 months are going to be extremely busy because the Competition and Mergers Authority have cleared the proposed merger with Ashford and St Peters and the hospital is now gearing up to finalise the Business Case to submit to Monitor (the body responsible for Foundation Trusts). When I know the time table I will post it.

The job of Governors is to ensure that the hospital Board does two things
  • engages effectively with the public (which includes patients and staff)
  • acts with due diligence i.e ensures all its claims are based on solid evidence and defendable.
If the Board fails in either then Governors are entitled to vote against the merger. They are not legally entitled to vote against simply because they don't  like it!!!!

I will be doing my best to ensure the Board meets its obligations as I have been doing from the start. The Governors' Working Group which I chair will be a key feature in challenging the hospital wherever necessary.

It is now time for the Hospital(s) to actively engage the public and I will push for this to be done comprehensively and in a transparent way.

Thanks again for re-electing me

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