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Annual General Meetings of NHS Trusts: devolving power or ritualising accountability?

Hodges, Ron, Macniven, Louise Jayne and Mellett, Howard James 2004. Annual General Meetings of NHS Trusts: devolving power or ritualising accountability? Financial Accountability & Management 20 (4) , pp. 377-399. 10.1111/j.1468-0408.2004.00200.x

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Abstract

This paper provides evidence of the inability of UK NHS trusts to stimulate attendance at their AGMs and that attendance is statistically unrelated to published measures of trusts’ financial results or performance ratings. Evidence is presented of attendance and procedures at trust AGMs and comparisons are made with the private sector. Concepts of power and ritual are applied to the discussion of the results. The findings suggest that the AGM is disconnected from other NHS governance mechanisms. This has implications for both the general concept of empowering stakeholders in the NHS and for specific local empowerment proposals such as the creation of NHS Foundation Trusts.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Annual general meetings; NHS; Accountability; Power
ISSN: 1468-0408
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:48
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/2826

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