Chance for patients to have a say on NHS.
Patients can now give their views on plans for a new NHS Foundation Trust NHS Foundation Trusts (often referred to as "foundation hospitals") are hospitals which are part of the National Health Service in England. Function
They have a significant amount of managerial and financial freedom when compared to existing NHS Trust. for the Tees Valley The Tees Valley is an area the North East of England. It can be described as "greater Teesside" and consists of the four unitary authorities created by the breakup of the County of Cleveland in 1996: Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, and Stockton-On-Tees along with .
People throughout County Durham and Darlington, and from surrounding areas in the Tees Valley, are being sought for the proposed foundation trust for County Durham and Darlington.
Later this year they will be asked to elect a new board of governors to represent their interests.
National Health Service
NHS (in Britain) National Health Service bosses hope to attract 2,000 foundation trust members by November this year. An application form can be downloaded from the trust's website at www.cddah.nhs.uk.
Foundation trusts have more freedom to manage their own financial affairs, and greater independence from the Department of Health and Strategic Health Authority control. They are more accountable to the communities they serve.
Public consultation on the plans has begun and lasts for three months, ending on Friday May 26.
People can write in with comments, or attend one of six public meetings in March and April to get their views heard.
Copies of the consultation document can also be found on the website, and comments e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.