Your chance to vote for the first public governors of Bath's Royal United Hospital
Voting is set to start in the election for the first ever public governors of the Royal United Hospital.
As part of the hospital’s bid to become a foundation trust, a council of governors has to be chosen, with 11 seats for members of the public to fill, representing the areas which the RUH serves.
The 21-seat council will also include representatives from the hospital’s staff, NHS B&NES, NHS Wiltshire, B&NES Council, Wiltshire Council, and the University of Bath.
Some 48 of the hospital’s members - people who have expressed interest in be kept informed of the RUH’s activities - are standing in the election.
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RUH trust chairman Brian Stables said: “When we become an NHS foundation trust, we will be accountable to the local community through our members and governors.
“I am delighted so many people have put themselves forward to become one of our governors and I wish everybody standing the best of luck.
“This is your opportunity to vote for the candidate who you think will be represent your views.
“Please make sure you have your say and make your vote count.”
Governors act as representatives for their areas, and provide a link with the wider community.
Their role includes holding the trust’s board of directors to account for the hospital’s performance, values and future plans.
To find out more about the candidates visit www.ruh.nhs.uk.
If a member hasn’t received your ballot papers by Wednesday, contact the membership office on 01225 821299 or email@example.com
Election results will be published on Monday November 5.
At the same time as the public elections, staff are also voting to elect the five members of staff who will sit as staff governors.