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FTSE 100 Breakfast

Asked for further details about the Prime Minister’s breakfast tomorrow, the PMOS said that we had been in discussions with some of the largest FTSE 100 companies during the last six months to discuss whether members of their boards would be interested in joining the boards of NHS foundation trusts. The Prime Minister would meet with some of the interested companies tomorrow to discuss how best this could be achieved, and the aim was to share experience and get commercial expertise into these areas. The PMOS said that it was an extension of what we had been doing in terms of bringing in independent, outside expertise into the health service.

Asked if the breakfast was a recognition that much more financial control was needed in the NHS, the PMOS said that it was a recognition that we needed to increase the pool of advice that was available to the NHS, just as we did throughout the public services.

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  1. Interesting angle from Tony & Co. – when as a newly retired ex-director of a Next plc subsidiary I applied for a post on our local NHS trust – I didn’t get an interview. Maybe they didn’t want anyone who asks direct, logical but difficult questions. I wonder if they could be fishing for more than just expertise 🙂

    Comment by Roger Huffadine — 5 Jun 2006 on 6:55 pm | Link
  2. Absolutely not! Expertise is not required.

    Large piles of cash are required. It’s \xA3500 Million in the red. No one who is at all sane is going to hand out cash to La Hewitt, unless there are major peerages and it’s shareholders money. Personally I would pay a large proportion of my stipend not to have to deal with her and her ghastly associates.

    If you want to be on the NHS Trust boards you really have got to know the right people and have the right kind of finance. That’s the way we run our public services these days.

    Anyone for a little more PFI?

    Comment by Chuck Unsworth — 7 Jun 2006 on 9:02 pm | Link

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