SNP councillor elected to Forth Valley NHS board

SNP Councillor Fiona Collie has been elected by fellow councillors to represent Falkirk Council on Forth Valley NHS Board.

At the same meeting, the SNP councillor, who represents Denny and Banknock, was also elected as the vice-chair of the Integrated Joint Board (IJB), which oversees the area's health and social care services.

Ms Collie is currently chair of the IJB and she has been widely praised for her work in the role.

However, as the position rotates between council and health board, she will now take on the role of vice-chair instead.

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The seat on Forth Valley health board became vacant when Councillor Allyson Black decided to stand down.

Speaking at the meeting, she said that as a former staff nurse it had been "an honour and a privilege" to be on the NHS Board.

She added that it had been a revelation to see close-hand their dedication and commitment to the people of Forth Valley, particularly through the last year.

Each of the political group leaders thanked Ms Black for her contribution.

Nominating Fiona Collie to take her place on the health board, the council leader, Cecil Meiklejohn, said that Councillor Collie's appointment would provide a vital link between the health board and the IJB.

She said: "Her abilities across the chamber have been recognised and that's well-deserved."

The Labour group nominated Councillor Alan Nimmo for the role but Ms Collie won the vote.

Ms Collie was elected vice-chair of the IJB unopposed.

Councillor Black is standing as a Labour candidate in the Falkirk East seat in the Holyrood election.

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