Response to queries from Alan Roden, Edinburgh Evening News

Professor James Barbour, Chief Executive, NHS Lothian, said:

"Clear guidance has been given to NHS Boards and local authorities on nominating stakeholder members. This states that … "it is vital that Local Authority members of NHS boards enjoy the full confidence of their authorities, and are able to commit to decisions on health and health service matters which could affect their local communities…"
"As part of the guidance, local authorities are invited to nominate either:
  • their leader
  • or their deputy leader
  • or the senior member of the local authority with designated responsibility for Public Health-related issues.
"The guidance states nominations are appointed by the Minister as members of the NHS Board. We have confirmed with the Scottish Executive that this remains the current position."