MP slams mailshot to join NHS body

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:06 26 October 2009

Grant Shapps MP, Shadow Housing Minister talks at the Conservative Party launch of their new initatives to the housing market, which include scraping the unpopular HIPs whilst keeping the EPCs, and to improve the process of moving home.
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Grant Shapps MP, Shadow Housing Minister talks at the Conservative Party launch of their new initatives to the housing market, which include scraping the unpopular HIPs whilst keeping the EPCs, and to improve the process of moving home. Photo/Anna Branthwaite 07-12-07

A MAILSHOT calling on people to sign up to a new-style NHS body has been branded a waste of money. The East and North Herts NHS Trust is sending out invites to 280,000 people to become 'members' when it switches to foundation status.

A MAILSHOT calling on people to sign up to a new-style NHS body has been branded a waste of money.

The East and North Herts NHS Trust is sending out invites to 280,000 people to become 'members' when it switches to foundation status.

But Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has attacked the move.

He said: "How come we didn't get that kind of consultation when it was actually about something important like closing major services at our hospital?

"I think the irony is that spending on this must be running into thousands, compared to the QE2 consultation which was rather inadequate and flawed.

"It is an absolute farce and I think the public will agree with me."

A trust spokesman said the aim of the mass mailing was to get as big a response as possible.

He said: "We have to have many thousands of members from the local public.

"If we only get 10 people, we won't be allowed to become a foundation trust."

He said that in previous consultations, documents had been distributed in a number of ways, such as with local newspapers.

But this did not guarantee a huge response, as many people claimed not to have received anything.

The spokesman encouraged people to get involved, saying foundation status gives the community a say on how hospitals are run.

He added: "Those members have a real voice. They elect governors, who have a direct say in the decisions made by the trust."

The mailshot is targeting residents across east and north Hertfordshire, as well as some homes in Bedfordshire.

Details about the foundation status application can be found on the dedicated website www.enherts-tr.org


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