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Barking, Havering And Redbridge Nhs Trust

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust regarding the appointment of a new Trust chairman. [110582]

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had no discussions about this. The appointment of chairs and non-executives to the boards of national health service trusts is a matter for the NHS Appointments Commission. Other than setting the standard criteria against which all candidates are judged, Ministers have no part in this process.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust regarding the changes in management of the trust. [110583]

I have had no discussions with Barking, Havering and Redbridge National Health Service Trust regarding the changes in management of the trust.The appointment of a new chief executive is a local matter and the North East London Strategic Health Authority is working with the trust to ensure a smooth transition to the new management.