Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Holyrood debates democratically elected health boards » The Journal

Holyrood debates democratically elected health boards » The Journal: "In a move aimed at reducing a perceived “democratic deficit” in the provision of health care, the Scottish Parliament has assented to support the key principles of the Health Boards Bill. ...

If passed, the bill would see health boards consisting of a majority of elected members, both local councillors and directly elected officials. This would be achieved by way of elections every four years, using the form of proportional representation known as single transferable vote, and with a reduced voting age of 16.

Before the proposed scheme is rolled out nationwide, at the potential cost of £20m, there will be two pilot elections staged in order to asses its viability. The pilots are to last for a period of up to seven years."

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