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Health Board Elections and Alternative Pilots: Final Report of the Statutory Evaluation

Health Board Elections and Alternative Pilots: Final Report of the Statutory Evaluation

Thursday, December 20, 2012

ISBN: 9781782563099

This report describes the statutory evaluation of the NHS Scotland health board electoral and alternative pilot projects arising from the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Act 2009. The Act follows several other measures in Scotland which have aimed to increase public involvement and accountability in NHS decision making.

Executive Summary

This report presents the findings from the evaluation of NHS Scotland Health Board electoral and alternative pilot projects arising from the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Act 2009. The Act follows several other measures in Scotland which have aimed to increase public involvement and accountability in NHS decision making. Two NHS boards, Dumfries and Galloway and Fife held elections for 10 and 12 members respectively. Two other boards, Grampian and Lothian explored alternative ways of recruiting and selecting 2 new appointed members each. The evaluation report describes the selection of candidates including voter turnout in the direct elections; characteristics of candidates; the impact of elections and alternative pilots on for example public engagement and NHS board dynamics; costs associated with direct elections and alternative pilots; and the advantages and disadvantages of different models of public engagement and accountability in health decision making.