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Poots encourages public to attend Western Trust accountability meeting

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Health Minister, Edwin Poots, today encouraged people to attend the Public Facing Accountability (PFA) meeting with the Western Trust this week.

The meeting, which will be held tomorrow at 7pm at Lecture Theatre 1, MDEC Building, Trust Headquarters, Altnagelvin Hospital, Glenshane Road, Londonderry will be chaired by the Patient and Client Council. The audience will be able to observe a Trust presentation on its overall performance, listen to questions from the Minister and to submit additional questions to be answered by the Trust at the end.

Urging people to attend, the Minister said: “It is essential system to boost confidence in the delivery of services that we have complete openness and transparency across the Health and Social Care. This meeting, which is the third we have held, is an opportunity for me as Minister to hold the Western Trust to account. It is also an opportunity for the public to learn of the Trust’s progress and successes as well as air their views and raise concerns. I would urge members of the public to attend this important meeting.”

The Public Facing Accountability meetings will serve to raise public awareness of the important work of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety’s (DHSSPS) Arms Length Bodies (ALBs).

The Minister continued: “These meetings will serve to raise public awareness of the important work of my Department’s ALBs. I am very much looking forward to hearing the Western Trust outline its performance and set out its plans for the future. I expect the Trust to continue to strive for excellence to meet the challenges ahead.” 

Notes to editors:

1. Convenient parking is available on the night in the vicinity of the MDEC building.

2. If a member of the public has any special access requirements, please contact the Department of Health on 028 9052 8662.

3. The first meeting was held with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service on 25 June 2013. The second was with the Belfast Trust on 19 September. The next tranche of meetings with ALBs will be confirmed in the near future.

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