Public Facing Accountability Meeting to be held on 2 July 2014
The Health Minister, Edwin Poots, has decided that Arms Length Bodies associated with DHSSPS should give an account of themselves in a public forum where he will question them on their performance and future plans. He is also keen that members of the public should have an opportunity to have questions asked on their behalf.
The Southern Health and Social Care Trust is delighted to be hosting the fifth of the Health Minister's Public Facing Accountability meetings for Arm's Length Bodies.
This Ministerial led accountability meeting will be held in a public forum and the audience will also be given the opportunity to submit additional questions to be answered.
The meetings will provide an opportunity for ALBs to be held to account by the Minister around issues of public interest and serve to raise public awareness of the important work of the ALB. They will be chaired by the Patient and Client Council.
Speaking about the meetings the Minister said: “The public need to be confident that ALBs are efficient and delivering high quality services. There has been public concern that some ALBs were unaccountable and inefficient, and we need to change this perception by being open and transparent about the functions of ALBS and the Department's oversight of them.
“I have decided therefore to hold Public Facing Accountability meetings with the DHSSPS ALBs . The PFA meetings will provide an opportunity for ALBs to be held to account by myself around issues of public interest and serve to raise public awareness of the important work of the ALBs. It is a good opportunity not only for the public to listen in on this type of meeting, but also submit questions of their own to be answered by the most senior people in the ALBs.''
During the meeting, the Southern Trust will give a short presentation on their performance over the last year and their outlook for the future. The Minister will then proceed with a question and answer session on the performance of the Trust and on issues of public interest. The audience will also be given the opportunity to submit additional questions to be answered by the Trust at the end of the session.
The Minister said: "I am looking forward to these meetings and view this as a great opportunity for Arm's Length Bodies to promote themselves and highlight their positive progress as well as being held publicly to account for their performance.”
The meeting will be held in the Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Medical Education Centre, Craigavon Area Hospital, 68 Lurgan Road, Portadown, BT63 5QQ on Wednesday 2nd July at 7pm and is open to the public.
If a member of the public has any special access requirements, please contact the Department of Health on 02890 528662.