Two Islanders Stand As Hospital Trust Governors

Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske. Photo © Copyright Tony Atkin

Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske. Photo © Copyright Tony Atkin

Two islanders are seeking your support for the one Scilly governor position on the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust board.

RCHT is holding elections for their Council of Governors. It’s part of the process that will lead to them gaining NHS Foundation Trust status later this year. The Trust say this will give them greater freedom to plan services and respond to specific needs and wishes of patients.

Across the region, 37 candidates are contesting 16 seats.

Steve Manning and Mark Prebble are standing for the Scilly seat.

Steve says he won’t solely pursue the interests of islanders, but he will try to ensure that the decisions made are not detrimental to us or for the public at large.

He says family members have recently experienced some healthcare access challenges and as a grandfather, healthcare services are of increased importance to him.

His opponent is Mark Prebble, who moved to the islands recently to take over the bike hire business on The Strand. He is a key player in civic action group, Heart of Scilly.

Mark said the islands population faces an uncertain future and the challenges of providing long term care for the elderly, alongside the importance of providing appropriate health care for all the community, will affect us all.

He wants to stand for the role to support all the hard work done to obtain representation for the Scilly community within the RCHT framework.

And Mark feels that his experience as a carer, patient and in the past, as an NHS employee, gives him a depth of experience and knowledge of a number of the problems that face the Isles of Scilly.

Postal voting is only allowed for RCHT members and runs until Monday, 4th February.