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Non-voting HSC members provide a healthy balance

Non-voting HSC members provide a healthy balance

Saturday 27 March 2021

Non-voting HSC members provide a healthy balance


One of the founding doctors of the MSG and the Chief Executive of Guernsey Mind have been appointed as non-voting members of Health & Social Care, in order to give equal priority to physical and mental health.

Dr George Oswald and Emily Litten will provide expertise and share their experience during committee meetings, but will not have the same voting rights as elected politicians.

HSC interviewed five individuals for the role in January 2021 and invited Miss Litten and Dr Oswald to attend committee meetings as guests for the last two months. Having engaged well with the committee, HSC President Al Brouard has confirmed their permanent appointment. 

"Whilst the last two months have been dominated by Covid-19 it has provided the opportunity for both Miss Litten and Dr Oswald to find out more about the work of the Committee and to participate in a diverse range of discussions covering the mandate of the Committee," he said.

Deputy Al Brouard

Pictured: Deputy Brouard said his Committee "looks forward to working with Dr Oswald and Miss Litten, and learning from their experience and expertise as we progress through this political term."

"When we advertised late last year, we had intended to appoint a single non-voting member. However, we were delighted with the calibre and enthusiasm of candidates and, seeking to build upon the equal priority given to physical and mental health last term, consider that Dr Oswald’s and Miss Litten’s respective experience will positively complement our work."

Miss Litten is Chief Executive of Guernsey Mind and is a board member of the Guernsey Community Foundation.

Dr Oswald was one of the founding doctors of the Medical Specialist Group. A consultant physician, he had a special interest in the management of diabetes, endocrinology, neurology, acute general medicine and intensive care.

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