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Former Harlow MP Bill Rammell elected as new Chair of Harlow Health Centres Trust

Communities / Wed 8th May 2024 at 12:50pm

BILL Rammell, the former MP for Harlow and Government Minister, has been elected Chair of Harlow Health Centres Trust, succeeding Byron Jones who stood down as Chair but continues as a Trustee.

Established in 1994 the Trust manages Harlow and West Essex Primary Care facilities for the people of Harlow and West Essex. As a charitable Trust it also distributes annually £125,000 grants to local community groups to support local health and wellbeing and has become the largest local community grant donor.

Since 1994 the Trust has embarked on a programme of redeveloping its existing buildings providing new state of the art health facilities for Harlow and West Essex, including bespoke artwork.

Bill Rammell, who as MP for Harlow from 1997 to 2010, was heavily involved in lobbying for, supporting and scrutinising local health services and worked closely with local GP’s. Bill becomes only the 6th Chair of Harlow Health Centres Trust in its 27-year history.

Byron Jones stood down as Chair following a very successful term as Chair following the appointment of his son David Jones as Operations Manager of HHCT. Byron was not in any way involved in the appointment of David Jones, and the Trust has agreed a package of measures ensuring that Byron (in his continuing role as a Trustee) has no influence or involvement in David’s work, ensuring probity and no conflict of interest. This arrangement has been properly reported to the Charity Commission. The Trust wanted to maintain Byron’s experience and knowledge of successfully leading the Trust for its future benefit, and this arrangement enables that.

The Trust is led on the executive side by Geoff Roberts (a hugely experienced NHS Manager), David Jones and Katie Ross.

Bill Rammell said, “I am delighted to have been elected Chair of Harlow Health Centres Trust. The Trust provides a unique structure for the management and development of primary health care facilities in Harlow, for the benefit of the local population. It also distributes the biggest local community grants fund to support local health and wellbeing. I will work to increase the profile and importance of this. Given my experience and commitment to Harlow and its local health services, I am delighted to take on this important role. I would also like to thank Byron Jones for his excellent leadership of the Trust.”

Byron Jones said, “I am very pleased that Bill has been elected to succeed me as Chair of HHCT. His knowledge of the local community and experience of working with the NHS will be a real asset for the Trust. I am also extremely pleased to use my experience to continue as a trustee.”

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8 Comments for Former Harlow MP Bill Rammell elected as new Chair of Harlow Health Centres Trust:

Mark Gough
2024-05-08 14:47:11

A position not made available for external applications. Very much one for card carrying Labour members who crippled the NHS in Government with PFI, contract cleaners, doing away with Matrons, massively increasing non Medical Staff and Car Park charges! What does Bill actually know about the Health Service and the needs of Local People! Is he trying to make a comeback? Perhaps talk to Care Workers like Dan Long and myself! Mark Gough -Leader Harlow UKIP

voteforme
2024-05-08 16:08:20

This is a man who thought there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Not impressed by this appointment but explains, perhaps, why he was at the election count on Thursday. Did he pay back the alleged £2782 of wrongful parliamentary expenses (per Wikipedia), mind you many MPs seem to struggle with their expenses.

David Forman
2024-05-08 17:44:40

Despite the above criticisms, Bill Rammell did a good job as Minister of State for Higher Education fromMay 2005 to October 2008. He made important advances in Lifelong Learning, especially the introduction of DTTLLS (Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Leaning Sector) which benefited a specialist nurse trainer I know who worked at PAH.

Robert Johnson
2024-05-09 08:49:50

Under the last Labour government the NHS had its highest ever satisfaction rating of 70%. After 14 years of Tory mismanagement it's down to 20% today. When it comes to the NHS you can only trust Labour to treasure and preserve it. Good luck Bill. As for UKIP, Brexit has proven to be a complete disaster by every measurement so best they button it.

Mark Gough
2024-05-09 11:54:42

Actually Robert, the last Labour Government did more to privatise the NHS than any other in history. There were more disaster's and target driven distortions of Medical priorities than at any other time. Clearly Labour supporters don't like the truth or facts. We have policies on everything and our NHS policies are regularly approved and supported by Medical Professionals. So I have no intention of buttoning anything, no saying anything quite so rude! Mark Gough -Leader Harlow UKIP

Mrs Black
2024-05-09 12:10:40

Bill Rammell, really! Yet again it is down to jobs for the boys. It's a case of Who you know and not What you know. Labour has (I was brought up a staunch Labourite) decimated our Health Service and it will take decades to put right their mismanagement. I speak from experience of working as a Nurse under the Labour Government and their total lack of knowledge of what goes on in the day to day running of a hospital. Us Nurses were so overworked that morale was very low and then patients begin to suffer. We lost some good quality Nurses, Tony and Chris Durcan being two of them. I too eventually succumbed to the overwork and the consequences of that is injury so had to leave the hospital setting of Nursing. This was all down to a Labour Government that just dug a big hole and dumped us all in it.

Richard
2024-05-11 03:50:14

Good to have Bill back locally ,after 14 years off Tory rule Mental Health services are a basket case locally with long long waits ,even if you qualify to go on the list ,the last Labour government had the highways NHS satisfaction rates ,while sadly this government has some of the lowest ,is it a coincidence that its Tory.? I am sure Bill will do a good job.

Richard
2024-05-11 03:51:09

Sorry Highest."

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