Chance to get troubled trust back on track

Sally Irvine

Sally Irvine

First published in News

THE hunt is on to find 21 people to help get the trust running Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital back on track.

The public and staff of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust are being urged to consider standing to become a governor.

A series of events will be held across Colchester and Tendring for people to find out more, ahead of a postal ballot in March and April.

Dr Sally Irvine, chairman of the governors and board of directors, said: “These are difficult times the trust is going through and there is a need for strong, independent and committed people to help it through.”

The trust is without a chief executive following Dr Gordon Coutts’s resignation last month in the wake of revelations staff were bullied to alter patient records to hit cancer waiting targets.

The elections will find 15 public governors covering Colchester, Tendring, Halstead and Colne Valley, and other parts of Essex and Suffolk, and six staff governors.

Public governors will be chosen by the 6,763 members of the trust.

The governors’ job is to meet their local community and report back to meetings.

The council of governors appoints the trust’s chairman and non-executive directors, and works with the board of directors to influence decision-making and hold the board to account.

Information events are taking place at: Queens Hall, Chipping Hill, Halstead on Wednesday, January 22, 6.30pm St Helena Hospice Tendring Day Centre, Clacton, on Thursday, January 30, 1pm Greenstead Community Centre, Colchester on Tuesday, February 4, 1.30pm Colchester General Hospital on Monday, February 10, from 6.30pm. Jaywick Centre on Tuesday, February 11, 2pm.

To find out more, e-mail f t . m e m b e r s h i p @ c o l c h e s t e r hospital.nhs.uk or call 08000 515143.

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10:21pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Reginald47 says...

Don't rely on Governors - they are merely there to give a bit of respectibility and a pretence of democracy to the process. Why is Mrs Irvine still in post one wonders?
Don't rely on Governors - they are merely there to give a bit of respectibility and a pretence of democracy to the process. Why is Mrs Irvine still in post one wonders? Reginald47
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11:46am Sun 5 Jan 14

Checkout says...

Who are the 6,763 members of the trust and how are they appointed or elected? Can anyone who might know tell me please.
I have to agree with you Reginald47. I find it difficult too to have much confidence an any process that involves those who oversaw the fiasco we have lately been made aware of.
Who are the 6,763 members of the trust and how are they appointed or elected? Can anyone who might know tell me please. I have to agree with you Reginald47. I find it difficult too to have much confidence an any process that involves those who oversaw the fiasco we have lately been made aware of. Checkout
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5:32pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Reginald47 says...

Any resident within the Trust's area can become a member. I don't think there's a fee involved. Just ring the hospital and ask.
Any resident within the Trust's area can become a member. I don't think there's a fee involved. Just ring the hospital and ask. Reginald47
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11:40pm Sun 5 Jan 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

Reginald47 wrote:
Don't rely on Governors - they are merely there to give a bit of respectibility and a pretence of democracy to the process. Why is Mrs Irvine still in post one wonders?
WELL REG I DONT OFTEN AGREE WITH YOU OR JUSTICE 69

BUT ON THIS OCCASION YOUR SO F****G RIGHT 1000%

Number 1 Irvine should definitely go....I mean are we all mugs????
oh really she did not know what was going on???

Number 2...One of the Di******S PROBABLY going for the post, is an ex OFSTED Inspector former teacher at the colchester institute, dont worry the aforementioned is a whitewash merchant...and NO they were not teaching in the painting department...EITHER.


Basically no one can take the job if you have links in the system ie teachers cops public sector workers especially in management , should not be voted in...

No establishment figures either no ex politicians.....

THIS TOWN IS BENT ENOUGH AS IT IS...
LAST YEAR WAS A RECORD FOR THE BANANA SHAPED CORRUPTION THAT CLOUDED THIS WONDERFUL BOROUGH....
WE MUST BE NOW ELEVATED TO THE 6TH MOST HAPPIEST TOWN IN THE COUNTRY TO LIVE IN UP FROM 16TH...
AND THOSE WHO PRIMARILY VOTED MUST BE THE ONES WHO HAVE THE STICKIEST OF FINGERS....
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: Don't rely on Governors - they are merely there to give a bit of respectibility and a pretence of democracy to the process. Why is Mrs Irvine still in post one wonders?[/p][/quote]WELL REG I DONT OFTEN AGREE WITH YOU OR JUSTICE 69 BUT ON THIS OCCASION YOUR SO F****G RIGHT 1000% Number 1 Irvine should definitely go....I mean are we all mugs???? oh really she did not know what was going on??? Number 2...One of the Di******S PROBABLY going for the post, is an ex OFSTED Inspector former teacher at the colchester institute, dont worry the aforementioned is a whitewash merchant...and NO they were not teaching in the painting department...EITHER. Basically no one can take the job if you have links in the system ie teachers cops public sector workers especially in management , should not be voted in... No establishment figures either no ex politicians..... THIS TOWN IS BENT ENOUGH AS IT IS... LAST YEAR WAS A RECORD FOR THE BANANA SHAPED CORRUPTION THAT CLOUDED THIS WONDERFUL BOROUGH.... WE MUST BE NOW ELEVATED TO THE 6TH MOST HAPPIEST TOWN IN THE COUNTRY TO LIVE IN UP FROM 16TH... AND THOSE WHO PRIMARILY VOTED MUST BE THE ONES WHO HAVE THE STICKIEST OF FINGERS.... TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell
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