Co-opted members chosen for health scrutiny committee

Moira Logie, who worked in the NHS for 35 years, and ex-nurse Anne Wilkinson, who spent time as a volunteer in Gabon and the Ivory Coast with the Red Cross during the Nigerian-Biafran War, have been chosen to be co-opted members of the Oxfordshire Joint Health Overview Scrutiny Committee (HOSC).

They will work alongside fellow co-opted member Dr Keith Ruddle, who will serve the second year of his current term, and 12 county, district and city councillors on the committee, which meets in public and scrutinises issues to do with the planning, provision and operation of local health services.

Experienced backgrounds

Ms Logie, from Standlake near Witney, who was until 2011 a director of operations of a division of the Oxford University Hospitals Trust and now works as a charity fundraiser for Sue Ryder, replaces Dr Harry Dickinson on the committee.

Ms Wilkinson, who lives in Oxford and whose past roles include working as a health visitor in London before establishing a practice in Carterton with her husband, has been chosen to continue as a co-opted member.

The committee looks at the actions and performance of commissioners and providers, including the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Oxford University Hospitals Trust, Oxford Health Foundation Trust and South Central Ambulance Service.

An important role

Councillor Lawrie Stratford, Chairman of HOSC, said: "I am delighted to welcome Moira to the committee and also to welcome back Anne and I am sure that their vast experience within health services will be of great benefit to the work of the committee.

"We are in the midst of a changing landscape when it comes to the way health services are commissioned and provided and it is the role of the Health Overview Scrutiny Committee to analyse what is being proposed and to get a good grip of what is going on for the benefit of the public.

"I would like to place on record my thanks to Dr Harry Dickinson for his invaluable contribution to the work of the committee and I am sure fellow committee members would join me in wishing him well for the future."