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Health Appointments

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 24 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what requirement is made in the appointment of members of health authorities and trusts to ensure that individuals are appointed who have (a) experience of public service and community involvement, (b) live across the geographic area covered and (c) include people who live in inner city and other deprived communities. (110570)

The Appointments Commission is directed by the Secretary of State for Health to appoint people to national health service boards with a range of skills and experience, including those with a strong community service and/or voluntary sector background. They are also required, where possible, to appoint people from across the geographical area served by the body.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) name, (b) postcode of residential address, (c) age, (d) gender, (e) ethnicity, (f) details of previous public service experience and (g) party affiliation member of the (i) Sheffield Primary Care Trust, (ii) Sheffield Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust, (iii) Sheffield Children's Hospital Trust and (iv) Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Health Authority. (110571)

The appointment of chairs and non-executive directors of the primary care trusts and strategic health authorities has been delegated to the Appointments Commission and I have asked Sir William Wells, chair of the commission, to respond to my hon. Friend's question in relation to these bodies. Appointments to the boards of the foundation trusts are a matter for the board of governors.