Health Scrutiny Panel – 29 October 2012

Councillors Barker (Vice-Chair), Bainbridge, Evison and Ogg.

Councillor Whiteley attended the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.36 (b).

Louise Garnett, Head of Public Health Intelligence, represented the Director of Public Health.

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

58  DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – Councillors Mrs Bromby, Barker and Ogg all declared personal interests as their relatives worked within the local NHS.

No whip was declared.

59  PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK – There were no requests received.

60  SUMMARY HOSPITAL-LEVEL MORTALITY INDEX – DISCUSSIONS WITH LOCAL NHS LEADERS – The Chairman welcomed the following to the meeting: representing North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group were Allison Cooke, Chief Officer (Designate), Karen Rhodes, Senior Officer Quality and Assurance and James Tindall, Communications Manager.  Representing Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were Dr Jim Whittingham, Chairman, Karen Jackson, Chief Executive, Karen Dunderdale, Chief Nurse, Dr Liz Scott, Medical Director and Sarah Mainprize, Head of Communications and Marketing.  Representing the Local Involvement Network Who Cares? was Ruth Farningham.

The Chairman thanked everyone for their attendance before inviting everyone to explain their roles and their initial thoughts on the mortality index.  A range of issues were raised, and members asked follow-up questions on these, including around:

  • Deaths outside the hospital,
  • The review process and data quality,
  • The seven day hospital and night-time ward cover,
  • Staffing issues,
  • Board governance,
  • Ongoing work to identify and address any issues.

The panel continued to question the witnesses on a range of issues, before the Chairman summed up the meeting’s findings, thanked everyone for attending and invited members to consider their next steps.

Resolved – (a) That all witnesses be thanked for their attendance, (b) That the panel be kept informed of all relevant developments on a monthly basis, (c) That further information be requested from a range of sources and passed to members for further scrutiny, and (d) That the panel prepare a report summarising the past, current and planned position, and giving views and recommendations to improve the situation further for services and for local people.

61  ADDED ITEM – There was no added item for consideration at the meeting.