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Poots encourages public to be heard at Belfast Trust accountability meeting

Health Minister Edwin Poots has again encouraged people to attend the Public Facing Accountability (PFA) meeting with the Belfast Trust.

The meeting, which will be held tomorrow (Thursday) at the Elliot Dynes Rehabilitation Unit on the Royal Hospital site, will be chaired by the Patient and Client Council. Those in attendance will be given the opportunity to listen to a Trust presentation on their performance, observe questions from the Minister and to submit additional questions to be answered by the Trust.

Urging people to attend, the Minister said: “The public should have confidence in the delivery of our health and social care services. Therefore, it is important that we have openness and transparency across the Health and Social Care system. This PFA meeting, the second in a province-wide series, is an opportunity to hold the Belfast Trust to account and ensure that the public can make their voices heard about how they want to see services delivered and raise any issues of concern.

“I would remind members of the public to attend this important meeting at 7pm on Thursday 19 September in the Elliot Dynes Unit on the Royal Hospital site.”

The PFA 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 Belfast Trust, the largest health and social care provider in Northern Ireland, discuss their performance and set out their plans for the future. I expect the Trust to continue to strive for excellence to meet the challenges ahead.”

The next PFA meetings with ALBs will be confirmed in the near future.

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