Trust governors to meet in public

5 April 2013

The Council of Governors of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the General Hospital and Essex County Hospital, will meet on Wednesday (10 April).

The Council will meet in Training Rooms South, near the Main Entrance of Colchester General Hospital, beginning at 11am.The meeting, which is scheduled to finish at 1pm, is open to members of the public.

The agenda and supporting papers were this afternoon loaded onto the Trust's website ( and can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

At the beginning of the meeting, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions that relate to items on the agenda.

These questions can be asked on the day but the Trust would prefer, if possible, for questions to be submitted in advance so that it has sufficient time to prepare the best responses.

To submit a question relating to the agenda in advance, email it to and state that it is for the Council of Governors meeting of 10 April.

All NHS foundation trusts have a council of governors, which monitors performance and holds the board of directors to account and allows local residents, staff and key stakeholders to influence decisions about spending and the development of services.

The Council of Governors appoints the chairman and non-executive directors of the Board of Directors and approves the appointment of the chief executive.

The Council of Governors at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust was previously known as the Members' Council. It includes 15 public governor posts - five from Tendring, five from Colchester, three from Halstead & Colne Valley, one for the Rest of Essex and one for Suffolk - who are elected by public members.

In addition, there are five staff governors representing different groups of staff and five stakeholder governors representing organisations such as Colchester Garrison, Colchester Borough Council and Tendring District Council.

As well as the two acute NHS hospitals in Colchester, Colchester Hospital Trust also provides some services, such as maternity services and outpatient clinics, at the community hospitals at Clacton, Halstead and Harwich.

* Anyone wanting more information about Wednesday's meeting is asked to contact the Foundation Trust Membership Office at Colchester General Hospital. Tel 01206 742347 or email

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