GP consortia not obliged to hold public board meetings

GP consortia will not be forced to hold board meetings in public as part of the drive to boost transparency in the NHS, the DoH says.

Ms Milton: consortia would be free to ‘define their own governance processes within a broad legislative framework’
Ms Milton: consortia would be free to ‘define their own governance processes within a broad legislative framework’

Transparency is a key theme of the White Paper Liberating the NHS. But responding to a written parliamentary question from Labour MP Derek Twigg, health minister Anne Milton said consortia would be free to ‘define their own governance processes within a broad legislative framework’.

The framework will be set out in the forthcoming health bill, now delayed until the New Year.

Ms Milton wrote: ‘Some consortia might choose to adopt public board meetings as part of their appropriate governance arrangements, but this will be up to them to decide.’

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