Asking where does power really lie?

A short while ago we wrote this post – Ploughing on regardless in utter contempt of public opinion – about the way Clare Panniker (joint Chief Executive of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust + others) decided to plough on with as much of the merger of hospitals in Thurrock, Basildon, Southend and Mid Essex as is possible. This is despite councillors in Southend and Thurrock voting to refer the planned merger back to the Secretary of State for Health. It’s been noted that a lot of people saw this as an unelected, unaccountable executive sticking two fingers up at what’s left of local democracy.

We now have this from Lyn Carpenter, the Chief Executive Officer of Thurrock Council: “The council needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror and restore local councillors and the residents we represent to the heart of the decision-making process.” Rather…

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