How NHS Peter­bor­ough be­came a clus­tered board

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

NHS Peter­bor­ough was in­formed it had to merge boards with NHS Cam­bridgeshire in Au­gust.

It prompted the res­ig­na­tion of the then chair­man Derek Har­ris, who stepped down at the end of Novem­ber, along with five other Peter­bor­ough-based non-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tors.

The new board, which will meet in Cam­bridge and Peter­bor­ough, is chaired by NHS Cam­bridgeshire chair­man Mau­reen Don­nelly.

She is joined by Peter­bor­ough­based non-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tors Mal­colm Burch and Colin Coul­son-thomas. Other non-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tors are Glen Clark, Bob Kyn­ner­s­ley, Peter South­wick and Sally Wil­liams, all of whom are from NHS Cam­bridgeshire.

The board will meet for the first time at 9.30am on De­cem­ber 21 at the Fleet Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, in Flet­ton, Peter­bor­ough.

All ap­point­ments to the board are valid un­til March 31, 2013, when Pri­mary Care Trusts are shut down and the re­spon­si­bil­ity for pri­mary care is handed over the Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Groups (CCG), led by GPS. Mr Har­ris in a pre­vi­ous in­ter­view with the Evening Tele­graph said he feared the clus­ter­ing of the boards would lead to less of a fo­cus on health­care in Peter­bor­ough be­cause there is less city rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

While pledg­ing to sup­port Mau­reen Don­nelly in her new po­si­tion, Mr Har­ris did say that the health­care needs for Peter­bor­ough are very dif­fer­ent than those for the whole of Cam­bridgeshire and the board needs to recog­nise this.

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