Public Facing Accountability meeting with Belfast Trust


Health Minister Edwin Poots will hold a Public Facing Accountability meeting with Belfast Trust on Thursday 19 September 2013.

The meeting, to be chaired by the Patient Client Council, will be held in a public forum where the audience can observe and take the opportunity at the end to submit additional questions to be answered. View the meeting agenda

Speaking about the meeting, the Minister said: “The public need to be confident that the Arm’s Length Bodies (ALBs) are efficient and delivering high quality services from the resources that have been provided. There is naturally a public concern that some Arm’s Length Bodies are not held to account and are inefficient. We need to change this perception by being open and transparent about what these Bodies do.

During the meeting, Chief Executive, Colm Donaghy, will give a short presentation on The Trust’s performance over the last year and their outlook for the future. The Minister will then proceed with a question and answer session on the performance of Belfast Trust and on issues of public interest. The audience will also be given the opportunity to submit additional questions to be answered by the Trust at the end of the session.

The Minister said: “These meetings serve to raise public awareness of the important work of the Arm’s Length Body and, importantly too, provide an opportunity for the Bodies to be held to account by myself in a public arena.”

If you would like to attend and have any special access requirements, please contact the Department of Health on (028) 9052 8662.

Questions asked to the panel that cannot be answered on the day will be followed up on the Trust and DHSSPS websites.

Location and Date of meeting:

Education Centre
Elliot Dynes
Royal Victoria Hospital
274 Grosvenor Road
BT12 6BA

Thursday 19 September 2013 at 7.00pm