Annual Reporting Mechanisms of National Health Service Trusts

Posted: 20 Mar 2003

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Ron Hodges

Birmingham Business School

Louise Macniven

Cardiff Business School

Howard Mellett

Cardiff Business School

Abstract

This article investigates the role of the annual report and the annual general meeting (AGM) in the context of NHS trusts. The authors report the results of a questionnaire survey of every NHS trust in the UK. Significant variation in the approach taken within a common framework of accountability was found. In general, there seems to be little public demand for trusts' annual reports and attendance at their AGMs was low. The research indicates possibilities of extending annual reporting in the public sector beyond the annual report and AGM and discloses innovative ways that trusts have attempted to overcome the limited interest of stakeholders produced by the traditional reporting mechanisms.

Suggested Citation

Hodges, Ron and Macniven, Louise and Mellett, Howard James, Annual Reporting Mechanisms of National Health Service Trusts. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=320710

Ron Hodges (Contact Author)

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Louise Macniven

Cardiff Business School ( email )

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Howard James Mellett

Cardiff Business School ( email )

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