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Hospital election results announced

The results of elections for 13 seats on the Members' Council of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust have been announced.

Cllr Peter Truesdale and Cllr Danny McCarthy
Cllr Peter Truesdale has been elected to the Members' Council but Cllr Danny McCarthy didn't receive enough votes

The Members' Council is the body set up to help advise the trust on how it carries out its work.

Elections were held in March and April for 13 of the 37 seats – five local people (from Lambeth and Southwark), five patients and three staff members.

In the public category Jenny Cobley and former Lambeth Council leader Peter Truesdale join existing members Susan Brooks. Daphne McKenzie and Wendy Mathews who have been reelected.

In the patients category Bill Ashworth, John Taylor, Richard Thompson and Niamh O'Sullivan have been elected for the first time. John Mathews has been reelected to serve a further term. Among the unsuccessful candidates in this section was Cathedrals ward councillor Danny McCarthy.

Three staff members have been reelected: Dr John Coltart, Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent and Jacky Lewis.

Turnout was 38 per cent in the patient category, 24 per cent in the public category.

"We are delighted to announce the results of our elections," says Tim Higginson, acting chief executive. The Members' Council has a very important role within the trust, and the input we receive from them is invaluable.  The Council is one of the most important ways that we get feedback from local people and patients about the way we run their hospitals.

"I would like to say a big thank you to all the members that voted and to those people that stood for election. Many congratulations to the successful candidates."

People who live in Lambeth or Southwark or who have been a patient at the hospital in the past three years and are interested in becoming a member of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust should call 0845 143 4017 or email members@gstt.nhs.uk

Members can stand and vote in the election of the Members' Council and will receive regular updates about the work of the two hospitals and invitations to special events and meetings.

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