Scotland pilots elections to health boards

NHS Fife and NHS Dumfries and Galloway will pilot the first ever direct elections to health boards, health secretary Nicola Sturgeon announced.

Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon

For the first time members of the public will be able to stand for and vote in elections which will see elected members, including council representatives, form a majority on the health board.

Also in a Scottish and UK first, 16 and 17-year-olds will have the right to stand and vote in a UK election.

Alongside this, NHS Lothian and NHS Grampian will run two non-statutory pilots which will test ways in which the existing engagement with the public can be improved.

Ms Sturgeon said: ‘This is designed to ensure that the views of local people about the NHS services they pay for can no longer be ignored.

‘I am confident that the people of Fife and Dumfries and Galloway will welcome this chance to be at the heart of healthcare decisions and their examples could set the pattern for the whole of Scotland.’

  • Should the rest of the UK introduce public elections to health boards?

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