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Health And Social Services Boards

Volume 300: debated on Wednesday 12 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations she has received in relation to the decision not to re-appoint Ms Geraldine Donaghy to the Southern Health and Social Services Board; and if she will make a statement. [14538]

There have been a number of representations in relation to the decision not to re-appoint Ms Donaghy to the Southern Health and Social Services Board. These include three from Members of this House—Mr. Seamus Mallon, Mr. Roger Stott and Mr. Harry Barnes, two from District Councils in Northern Ireland, the Chairperson of the Southern Health and Social Services Council, the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition and 14 from other individuals and community groups.Ms Donaghy' s re-appointment has been handled in accordance with the Code of Practice and Guidelines issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. However, she remains dissatisfied with the outcome and has exercised her right of appeal to the Commissioner for Public Appointments and lodged a complaint with the Fair Employment Tribunal.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many out-going non-executive members of each health board in Northern Ireland were (a) re-appointed, without undergoing formal interview, (b) re-appointed after undergoing formal interview, (c) not re-appointed and not offered a formal interview and (d) not re-appointed after undergoing formal interview when the existing boards were constituted. [14539]

Of the appointments to Health and Social Service Boards which expired on 31 March 1997, the following were re-appointed without undergoing formal interview:

Number
Northern Health and Social Service BoardNil
Southern Health and Social Services Board1
Eastern Health and Social Services Board1
Western Health and Social Services Board2
Of the appointments to Health and Social Services Boards which expired on 31 March 1997, the following were re-appointed after undergoing formal interview:

Number
Northern Health and Social Services BoardNil
Southern Health and Social Services BoardNil
Eastern Health and Social Services BoardNil
Western Health and Social Services BoardNil
Of the appointments to Health and Social Services Boards which expried on 31 March 1997,the following were not re-appointed and not offered a formal interview.

Number
Northern Health and Social Services Board1
Southern Health and Social Services Board1
Eastern Health and Social Services Board1
Western Health and Social Services BoardNil
Of the appointments to Health and Social Services Boards which expried on 31 March 1997,the following were not re-appointed after undergoing a formal interview:

Number
Northern Health and Social Services Board1
Southern Health and Social Services Board1
Eastern Health and Social Services BoardNil
Western Health and Social Services BoardNil

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will make a statement on the procedures and criteria employed by the Department of Health and Social Services for the recruitment of non-executive directors of each health and social services board in Northern Ireland. [14540]

Appointments to Health and Social Services Boards in Northern Ireland are made by the Department of Health and Social Services, subject to the approval of the Minister. When an initial term of office expires, there is no automatic right to re-appointment.Non-executive members are not appointed as representatives of any specific group or organisation but in a personal capacity for the skills and experience they can bring to the Board. These may include relevant professional skills, management skills gained in the public, private or voluntary sectors or an ability to bring a user perspective to the Board.

The DHSS Appointment Procedures are governed by the Code of Practice and Guidelines issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments who monitors, regulates and approves their application. The main elements of the Procedures are:-

  • advertising of appointment opportunities;
  • job descriptions and person specifications for all posts;
  • a formal and open selection process based on merit;
  • an independent member of all interview panels; and
  • a formal complaints procedure.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many non-executive directors of each health board in Northern Ireland had completed their first period of office by 31 March; and how many of these indicated their willingness to serve a further term of office. [14541]

The non-executive directors of Health and Social Services Boards who (a) completed their first period of office on 31 March 1997 and (b) indicated their willingness to serve a further term of office were as follows:

(a) Number(b) Number
Northern Health and Social Services Board11
Southern Health and Social Services Board22
Eastern Health and Social Services BoardNilNil
Western Health and Social Services Board11