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To empower people and communities to improve health and social care services together

Healthwatch Sunderland Executive Board meetings in public

All Healthwatch Sunderland Board meetings are open to the public to attend as observers. Meeting dates and venues will be published in advance on the Sunderland Healthwatch website. At the discretion of the Chair, observers may be permitted to speak on certain items. Members of the public wishing to attend a Board meeting as an observer, should inform Healthwatch Sunderland in advance to confirm seating.

Board papers will be placed on the Sunderland Healthwatch website 5 working days before the meeting. Minutes of the Healthwatch Board, once approved by the Board as an accurate record of the meeting, will be placed on the Healthwatch Sunderland website.

The Healthwatch Sunderland Board may occasionally consider that some agenda items and their minutes remain confidential (e.g. commercially sensitive, the right to anonymity of a member of the public). Such items will be discussed in closed session at the end of each Public Board meeting and observers will not be permitted to observe.

If a member of the public who is a resident of Sunderland wishes to ask a question, there will be a public session at the start of each Board – maximum 5 minutes per question, with a maximum time allocated for questions of 15 minutes. Notice of your question must be provided in writing by post or e-mail to the Healthwatch Manager no later than midday 7 working days before the day of the meeting. If a question is submitted after the deadline it will be put to the next Board meeting. You must give us:

  • your name
  • your address
  • the name of the organisation you represent (if applicable)
  • the question to be put to the Healthwatch Board

Questions should relate to matters of policy or decisions which are normally made by the Healthwatch Board. A question may be rejected if:

  • it is not about a matter that Healthwatch has responsibility for,
  • it is defamatory, frivolous or offensive,
  • it is substantially the same question which has been answered by the Healthwatch Board within the last 6 months
  • it requires the disclosure of exempt or confidential information
  • it is a statement rather than a genuine enquiry to obtain information.

The Healthwatch Chair is responsible for editing / rejecting questions that have been submitted. If a question is edited / rejected the questioner will be informed of the reason why.

If you would like to come please contact us either by emailing Healthwatch Sunderland, telephoning us on 0191 514 7145 or by post at Stanfield Business Centre, Addison Street, Sunderland, SR2 8SZ.