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Chairman's Bulletin October 2012

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Welcome to October's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and information about our Trust and what is going on in the NHS.

I was pleased to see so many of you at the Council of Governors meeting earlier this month. Not only was there a packed agenda with several informative presentations, but it gave me the opportunity to personally welcome our new Governors.

I recently attended this year's Patient Listening Event for surgical cancer patients along with senior managers and consultants. It was an invaluable experience and we want to improve the way we treat our patients with dignity, respect and care. As Professor Ajith Siriwardena said when opening the event, it was not for patients to listen to us, it was for us to listen to them. Although we love to hear positive feedback, it is important to look at issues raised by patients and their families and Governors can support us when addressing these.

The public consultation on the proposed service redesign of health services in Trafford (A New Health Deal for Trafford) will end at 5.00 pm on 31st October.

There is still time to respond on line at:  http://www.healthdeal.trafford.nhs.uk/Get-involved-pages/Respond-to-consultation.aspx

If there is anything I can do to assist you in your role as a Governor, please contact me on 0161 276 8661 or at peter.mount@cmft.nhs.uk.