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The issue of recruitment of a new board member with expertise in this area has been raised at various board meetings during the second half of last year and the beginning of 2016. The minutes of these board meetings were seen by the Medical Independent (MI) following a Freedom of Information request.
The board position remains unfilled, a spokesperson for the board told MI last week.
“The Children’s Hospital Group Board and the Department of Health advertised via the Public Appointments Service for Board membership with experience and competencies in philanthropy, but did not successfully recruit,” the spokesperson said.
“The Chair of the Board and the Department are now considering how best to progress filling this Board appointment. When an appointment is made, the Board will consider and agree the philanthropic capital campaign plan.”
However, the spokesperson added that it is the intention to amalgamate the philanthropy bodies and foundations of the three existing hospitals when the NCH is finally opened.
“For the moment, the current foundations continue to raise funding for the three existing hospitals.
“The foundations and the Children’s Hospital Group Board are in agreement that a single foundation/philanthropy body is the desired position for the new children’s hospital when operational.”