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Health Authorities

Volume 175: debated on Thursday 5 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will give for each new regional and district authority (a) the criteria for selection of the new membership, (b) details of the process used for selection, (c) the timetable used to implement this process and (d) the names of those who have accepted invitations to join the authorities.

My right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State is responsible for appointing non-executive members of regional health authorities. Regional health authorities are responsible for appointing non-executive members of district health authorities. The chief officer and the chief finance officer are ex-officio executive members on all RHAs and DHAs. The remaining executive members are appointed by the chairman, the non-executive members and the chief officer.The main criteria used in the selection process are the personal qualities and experience of the individuals concerned. All suggestions are welcomed and given consideration, from whatever source they originate. Regional health authorities are to be reconstituted from 26 July 1990 and district health authorities from 17 September 1990. No appointments have yet been made.