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Statement by Labour candidates for election as governors of Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. This is a challenging time for the NHS, particularly for mental health services. We are a group of Labour Party members campaigning for genuine parity of esteem for mental health, in order to ensure that patients get the full range of services and quality care that they deserve. We believe that: Prevention is always better than cure, where possible, through the promotion of wellbeing within the community and ensuring that support is available to people who need it sooner rather than later. A variety of […]
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The Co-operative Party are proposing an amendment to Labour’s Health Policy see the Your Britain website. Insert on pg 6 at line 42: “In 2003 the previous Labour government established Foundation Trust Hospitals in England with the aim of making hospital services more accountable to local communities by giving Trust members a real say over their running. Ten years on the consensus is that, whilst more than 2 million people are members of Foundation Trusts, the model has not achieved its full potential and there is a need to re-awaken the original ambition behind it. One Nation Labour believes in […]
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The “Ten Years After”  paper from Cooperatives UK is a welcome attempt to reinvigorate the debate about the role of members in the Foundation Trust model (FT) model. There are nearly 2 million members of FTs across England – a mass membership of a size rivalling the T&G at its height, but with arguably less influence and profile than a small parish council.   The 2002 Department of Health policy document on FTs stated that “the members of an NHS FT will become its owners, taking on responsibility for their local hospitals from national Government… The members of an NHS […]
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Ed Mayo is Secretary General of Co-operatives UK.  This article was first published on his blog. Foreword by Peter Hunt, Chief Executive of Mutuo NHS Foundation Trusts have made an enormous contribution to the growth of the mutual sector in the UK. They have been a vital innovation, intended to marry public service values and entrepreneurialism with a different relationship with the public. The ten years since the advent of NHS Foundation Trusts marks a decade worth celebrating, with some outstanding successes. Mutuo has been involved throughout, by helping to share the experience of long standing co-operative and mutual businesses […]
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Some take the view that Foundation Trust  governors have no powers and little say. Some staff members think they would have a conflict of interest which stops them being as forthright as they would wish and they risk being painted as simply part of the management. The reality is that governors can keep their independence and they actually do have considerable power and influence – if they are prepared to fight to use it.  In some trusts they are already taken seriously and play a key role in decision making.  Some trusts have set up mechanisms for governors to be […]
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