NHS Tay­side health board nom­i­na­tion splits An­gus Coun­cil

Se­lec­tion of for­mer coun­cil leader Bob Myles crit­i­cised by SNP group leader and in­de­pen­dent Brian Boyd

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - Jim mil­lar

The se­lec­tion of a “strong, com­pe­tent voice” for An­gus Coun­cil on the board of NHS Tay­side split the lo­cal au­thor­ity at the last meet­ing of full coun­cil be­fore sum­mer re­cess.

The role, which at­tracts a re­spon­si­bil­ity al­lowance, be­came va­cant af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of Con­ser­va­tive ad­min­is­tra­tion coun­cil­lor Derek Wann.

For­mer coun­cil leader in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor Bob Myles, was ear­marked for the spot fol­low­ing a vote.

His ap­point­ment must now be rat­i­fied by Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment min­is­ters

How­ever, the nom­i­na­tion was op­posed by SNP group leader coun­cil­lor Lynne Devine, who pro­posed fel­low SNP coun­cil­lor Julie Bell for the post.

She also slammed the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s at­ten­dance record at NHS Tay­side board meet­ings, say­ing: “We have all had the ad­van­tage of hear­ing about Coun­cil­lor Bell’s back­ground which is very perti­nent to the health board post.

“She has wide knowl­edge of the health

The amount of work re­quired would be too dif­fi­cult for Coun­cil­lor Myles who has stated pub­licly he found it too much when leader and there­fore stood down

ser­vice and of so­cial care through her work in the coun­cil. But best of all, she will turn up.”

She said the ad­min­is­tra­tion had failed to rep­re­sent An­gus at four meet­ings out of five — and that at the one where it did have a pres­ence, the rep­re­sen­ta­tive left be­fore a cru­cial men­tal health re­view agenda item.

“This at a time when the health board is in such fi­nan­cial dif­fi­culty and when the peo­ple of An­gus have needed a strong, com­pe­tent voice,” she added.

“Since this ad­min­is­tra­tion came to power we have had two rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the health board. Now we are look­ing for a third.

“I would sug­gest to you the amount of work re­quired in terms of read­ing the pa­pers, at­tend­ing the very long meet­ings and var­i­ous sub-com­mit­tees would be dif­fi­cult for Coun­cil­lor Myles who has stated pub­licly that he is find­ing it too much to be leader and farmer and there­fore stood down.”

The ap­point­ment was also crit­i­cised by Carnoustie and dis­trict in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor Brian Boyd, who said: “Coun­cil­lor Myles pre­vi­ously stated in The Courier ‘It has proved very dif­fi­cult jug­gling the full-time role of farm­ing with the full-time role of be­ing leader of the coun­cil’.

“He should do the hon­ourable thing and do the best for An­gus and his con­stituents.”

The nom­i­na­tion went to the vote, with Coun­cil­lor Myles win­ning by 17 votes to 11.

jimil­lar@the­courier.co.uk

Pic­ture: Gareth Jen­nings.

The SNP Group en­ter­ing the Town and County Hall for a meet­ing of the full coun­cil to nom­i­nate a mem­ber for the board of NHS Tay­side yes­ter­day.

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