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Chairman's Bulletin September 2011

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

Elections have recently been held for seven public governors and two staff governors. In the City of Manchester constituency Jayne Bessant, Sue Webster and Margaret Parkes were successfully re-elected after serving on the Council of Governors since it was established. We also welcome three new governors Helen Scott, Dave Brown and Owen Henderson. Lynne Richmond was elected in the Greater Manchester constituency and we have two new staff governors, Susan Turner and Erica McInnis.

Martin Rathfelder and Roy Walters are leaving us but I would like to take this opportunity of thanking them both for their commitment and support throughout their term of office.

Our Annual Members Meeting is approaching. It takes place  on Tuesday 27th September 2011 from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm. The theme is "Stay Well" in Education South (Postgraduate Centre). Presentations will be from 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm. We would appreciate your support on the day as it will provide an opportunity to welcome our new governors. Also, voting will take place on consituional chages. I would like to thank the Membership sub-group of governors who have worked with us on the proposed changes.

I haven't been a patient for years. Then two hospital spells came along in August. They have taken me out of circulation but gave me a great opportunity to see things as our patients see it. The experience was very reassuring. The medical and nursing care that I and my fellow patients received was really excellent. I found the meals fine because the meal attendant took time over serving meals with care. Yes, of course I did have a short list of things we can improve but the most irritating was to see so many fit and active visitors abusing our blue badge disability parking. I really can recommend the Trust. It would be awful if I couldn't!

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