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Nurses call for representation on Scottish health boards

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RCN Scotland has asked the Scottish Government to create a new public/patient seat on all health boards as part of efforts to build an NHS responsive to patient needs.
The call was made at the close of the public consultation on the Local Healthcare Bill, which considers introducing legislation to provide for direct elections to NHS Boards.

Ellen Hudson, Associate Director, RCN Scotland said: ‘RCN Scotland supports the idea of a mutual NHS co-owned by patients, public and staff. The concept of a mutual NHS should apply across the delivery of a healthcare system, including the make-up of the Board structure.

‘Each NHS Board already consists of stakeholder members: an elected member from each local council and members representing NHS staff and local clinicians. We are asking for a similar position to be created to represent public and patients, providing a balance in the Health Boards’ composition,’ she said.
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