Joyce Struthers

is chair of the Association of Community Health Councils for England and Wales. She was a member of the former North Bedfordshire health authority in the mid-1980s. She later became a local CHC member and went on to become its chair.

What is the first thing you do when you arrive at work?

This does not really apply to me because I do not go to work in the ordinary sense. I am a volunteer and when there is something to do, I do it.

What do you like and dislike about your job?

I like bouncing ideas around with colleagues.

What do your colleagues think of you?

Some of them seem to think I am alright. Perhaps the emphasis should be on the 'some'.

What is your proudest achievement?

Being elected chair of ACHCEW.

What is your tip for success?

For the above success, it was telling it the way it is - about myself and the health service.

Can we afford the NHS?

Yes, if we approach this sensibly - which means not expecting everything medically possible to be afforded by the NHS.

Which person in the NHS do you most admire?

Frank Dobson because he is straightforward and courageous.

What would make the single biggest improvement to the NHS?

The various levels of the health service 'getting their act together' and taking responsibility for their decisions and actions.

Is there a God?

It's rather like CHCs. If there weren't any, we'd have to invent them.