I became a governor to represent and help the residents of Ashfield improve local health services. I could see that the new hospital build was an asset that the residents of Ashfield deserved but I wanted to make sure that money was being put back into the services that so many local people depend on, and not just spent on the building. I am proud of the building we have but I am even more proud of the staff we have. Over the next few years I want to be a part of a successful team that supports the staff to deliver for our community.
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I am coming closer to the conclusion that, regardless of political stance, reforms are needed for the benefit of the patient and the service. If done correctly there is no doubt that CCG's could provide a better focus on clinical engagement and patient enagagement. The problems with the Bill rests, in my opinion, with the lack of clarity in the players (CCGs, PCT Clusters, Monitor, SHA's etc) and their roles in the NHS.