New directors for Isle of Wight NHS

By County Press reporter

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

 

THREE new  non-executive directors have joined the Isle of Wight NHS Trust board.

Jessamy Baird, from pharmaceutical company Eli Lilley and Co, David King, previously of Intel Corporation, and Jane Tabor, previously of IBM, have been appointed to help the organisation achieve foundation trust status.

Trust chairman Danny Fisher said: "We identified the need for more business, commercial and marketing skills on the board. Our three new non-executive directors bring a great deal of experience from the pharmaceutical and information technology sectors which we were unable to secure from Island candidates. Two also have previous board level experience of the NHS.

"There will be significant change in the NHS, both nationally and locally, over the next ten years and our new directors are ideally placed to support us as we move towards becoming a foundation trust."

Mr King, who is a UKSA trustee, said: "I have a strong commitment to the growth of community based care and I want to help the trust meet the significant challenges of providing care to an ageing population with limited resources."

All three will take up their roles from January 1, and will be paid £6,157 per year.

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by roger mazillius

31st December 2013, at 17:33:02

Multi-million pound organisations need business experienced Directors as well as medical professionals. How many verified reports do we get of huge wastage within the NHS - loads!
The Board needs balance and it seems to me that the IWNHS Trust will be well served by these new professional Directors.

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by Valerie Ching

31st December 2013, at 16:16:32

I agree with Mike's comment about hospitals for care and healing of sick people. But St Mary's is between a rock and a hard place I feel, given that there is little choice but to "play the government's business game" to survive at all as an Island hospital, recruiting to load the board with business execs may actually have some perverse logic to it. Hope I never need the hospital as the inevitable tipping point nationally looms larger from medical facility to business. Business, commercial and marketing skills wouldn't be too comforting if you need diagnosis, help and treatment for life threatening injuries, disease or screaming pain. Glad in the brave new healthcare world, I'm safely well past childbearing age too.

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by Mike Crowe

31st December 2013, at 12:57:51

Do we run a hospital for the care and healing of people who are sick and injured? Or do we run a 'business' to make money.

I know there is a case to balance the books, but I feel 'make money' comes into this picture more and more, just as with Water, Gas and Electricity. Should NEVER be money making business with shareholders looking for 'profit'.

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by C Ryan-Sammon

31st December 2013, at 11:26:52

What about someone from the Natural Healing, Holistic side, to create Balance...
Better still make St Marys a Leader in Holistic Therapies...

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