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Rules of the Governing Body (Board) meetings

  • The meeting agenda is usually full, so keeping to time is important. Some agenda items may not be discussed if everybody agrees with the recommendation or if the item is just for noting. Members of the public should be aware of this before they attend to avoid disappointment .
  • The Chair will ensure meetings take place without disruption.  The Chair has the right to exclude observers of the meeting if disruption is caused.
  • Observers may only speak if invited to by the Chair.
  • Members of the media may attend our Board meetings. Comments made in the public Governing Body meeting may be conveyed publicly by the media. NHS Bury CCG cannot control how comments are used externally unless they breach confidentiality or legal boundaries.
  • The Chair will not permit debate or questions regarding individual cases or complaints including issues that are sensitive and confidential.  Please see questions to the Governing Body meetings below.

If you have any concerns about the conduct of our Governing Board or its meetings, please contact the Board Secretary Board Secretary via our switchboard 0161 762 3100, or by sending an email.

Questions for the Governing Body

If members of the public wish to ask the Governing Body a question, the following guidelines should be followed:

  • Questions should be submitted by completing the downloadable question form.   Members of the public can request a paper copy of this form by calling the Board Secretary via our switchboard 0161 762 3100, or by sending an email.
  • Public questions must be received three days before the meeting to ensure they can be included on the day.
  • Public questions for the Governing Body should be related to the items on the agenda.
  • Public questions for the Governing Body not related to matters on the agenda may be answered at the Governing Body at the Chair’s discretion or decide that the question may be better answered via another means e.g:
    - Freedom of Information Request;
    - Request for advice through the CCGs Patient Services team; 
    - Complaint process;
    - Directing to another NHS body.
  • The Chair of the Governing Body will read the question. If the question requires further explanation, the Chair may ask the owner of the question to explain.
  • The Chair cannot address questions in public about:
    - issues which may breach patient/personal confidentiality.
    - concerns about the treatment of an individual patient (these should be addressed in writing to the Chief Officer).
    - Matters relating to complaints, independent inquiries, or staffing issues that may be confidential and prejudicial to the public interest.

Governing Body meetings are limited by time. There may be insufficient time to answer all questions; however all questions will receive a response. The online question form gives the option for a question to be answered via email or in writing. Members of the public can choose a preference when they complete the question form.

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