Governor resigns after PCT gives council £1m to grit roads

A foundation trust governor has resigned because her local PCT offered Durham County Council £1 million to grit roads.

Kath Toward:  ‘We need many more physiotherapists and speech therapists and £1m would have helped pay for more therapy hours.’
Kath Toward: ‘We need many more physiotherapists and speech therapists and £1m would have helped pay for more therapy hours.’

Kath Toward, former member of the governing council of Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, explained: ‘I am still incandescent with rage over being informed that our PCT has offered Durham County Council £1m over two years to help grit roads and salt pavements.

‘I have not heard of any of our elected representatives challenging this. I, along with all Durham residents, pay council tax to the county council to grit roads and salt pavements.

‘We need many more physiotherapists and speech therapists in this county and I feel that £1m would have gone some way towards helping pay for more therapy hours.'

County Durham PCT refused to comment.

A County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust statement said: ‘We have accepted Kath Toward's resignation with deep regret. Kath was a hard working and effective governor and we would like to thank her for her valued contribution and support during the time she worked with the trust.'

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