Annual General Meetings of NHS Trusts: Devolving Power or Ritualising Accountability?

24 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2004

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Ron Hodges

Birmingham Business School

Louise Macniven

Cardiff Business School

Howard Mellett

Cardiff Business School

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.

JEL Classification: G34, G38

Suggested Citation

Hodges, Ron and Macniven, Louise and Mellett, Howard James, Annual General Meetings of NHS Trusts: Devolving Power or Ritualising Accountability?. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=611191

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Louise Macniven

Cardiff Business School ( email )

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