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Gill Boston Resigns

Gill Boston Resigns from Council to Serve Constituents on Clinical Commissioning Group

 

Gill Boston has been appointed to the governing body of our Clinical Commissioning Group as a lay member for patient and public involvement.  In this role Gill will help to ensure that, in all aspects of the CCG’s business, the public voice of the local population is heard and that opportunities are created and protected for patient and public empowerment in the work of the CCG.

 

When Cllr Boston applied for the post on the CCG it was on the basis that she would continue as a Councillor. The CCG agreed and thought it would be helpful to combine the two roles in terms of understanding local communities. Regrettably, when the NHS Commissioning Board issued its final set of regulations an extra clause was added excluding serving Councillors (and MPs) from membership of CCG governing bodies. That change was challenged in the House of Lords, but unfortunately the new clause was not removed which left Councillor Boston with a difficult decision to make. She decided that, given her knowledge and understanding of the needs of poorer communities and vulnerable groups, that she could best serve the people of Cheshire East as a member of the CCG governing body and reluctantly resigned from the Council.

 

Cllr Gill Boston, Labour Councillor for Macclesfield Hurdsfield, said,

 

 “I am passionate about patients having choice and control and being meaningful partners in their care, and I strongly believe well-being plays an important role in improving our health and life expectancy. In the past I have expressed concerns about the impact of the coalition government’s NHS reforms and this new role gives me an opportunity to influence how the reforms are implemented.

 

 “I am very pleased to be given the opportunity to help the CCG’s to transform the way we provide healthcare in the future, by making it more patient-centred, and ensuring it is accessible to the marginalised and vulnerable people who need it most.”

 

Cllr Alift Harewood, Mayor of Macclesfield, said

 

“I have enjoyed working with Gill on Cheshire East Council. Gill has done a great job in representing the interests of the people of Macclesfield Hurdsfield. As a councillor with an in-depth understanding of health and wellbeing Gill was a very effective member of the Health Scrutiny Committee. I know that in her new role she will do all that she can to improve access to and take-up of health care for people who in the past have struggled to access the care they need.

 

Dr Paul Bowen, Chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, said,

  

 “I am delighted to welcome Gill Boston to the Governing Body of NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group. Gill’s extensive experience of working with the Voluntary sector, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence and her passion to address local inequalities in health will prove to be a great asset to the Governing Body and the member practices of the CCG, and most importantly the people of Eastern Cheshire, their voice and needs of which she will be the champion of in all aspects of the CCGs business”

 

“The CCG has placed great emphasis on engaging with, working with and empowering our communities and patients so as to improve the commissioning of local services and to have Gill, together with our other new Lay members, stepping up to this exciting challenge it will help bring fresh ideas and energy in helping us to achieve this“ 

 

 

Cllr David Newton, Labour Group Leader, said,

“I am very sorry that Gill has decided to resign as councillor for Hurdsfield, but appreciate fully her strong commitment to the NHS. Gill has been an assiduous and hard-working councillor for her ward, strongly representing the interests of all residents. She has made a very effective contribution to the work of Cheshire East Council and will be sorely missed. I and my colleagues in the Labour Group wish her every success in her new role.”

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