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Over 170 turn out to vote for Furness Locality Health Reprensentative

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Over 170 turn out to vote for Furness Locality Health Reprensentative

Posted on Tuesday 1st July 2014

The people of Furness turned out in force on Thursday 26 June and voted for who will represent them and be their local voice on health issues in their community. 

A total of 177 votes were cast at the Furness Listening Event held at The Forum, Barrow-in-Furness.  Members of the public came from across the Furness area to ensure they had a say in who would become their Lay Representative and sit on the NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Furness Locality Executive Board. 

The successful candidate, securing 59 per cent of the vote, was Ian Reed from Millom. He was therefore elected as the Lay Representative for NHS Cumbria CCG Furness Locality.  

Dr Arabella Onslow, Deputy Lead GP for NHS Cumbria CCG Furness, said: “This is the first time we have offered the public a chance to vote for a Lay Representative and I was very impressed with the amount of people who turned out to vote.  It is encouraging that so many local people care about their local health services and took us up on our offer of giving them a say. 

Dr Onslow added: “Now that one representative has been voted in by the public, the other will be an appointment from the remaining five, taking into account the public’s remaining preferences, but with a view to providing a balance. This was proposed and agreed by all the candidates and the GP leads.”

Following a countywide recruitment exercise by NHS Cumbria CCG, the Furness Locality received six applications from local people interested in becoming a Lay Representative.  All had a keen interest in health care and health care services and wanted to give patients and the public a voice.  

The Lay Representatives will help the GPs and managers in Furness understand what the public’s priorities are and to scrutinise the processes involved in health care delivery.  They will be expected to fully participate in the local executive monthly meetings, be prepared to voice opinions and contribute to discussions constructively as well as respecting confidentiality when necessary.  They would act as a critical friend on health matters, deliver conflicting ideas and provide feedback from patients and members of the public from within their local community

Posted on Tuesday 1st July 2014


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