Health Scrutiny Panel – 29 April 2014

PRESENT:  Councillor Mrs Bromby in the chair.

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

Councillor Whiteley attended the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.37 (b).

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

206  DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – There were no declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests and personal or personal and prejudicial interests.

No whip was declared.

207  PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAKA request to speak had been submitted to the panel from two local residents, Mr Wilson and Mr Brader.  Mr Brader discussed the experiences of a local resident and highlighted concerns about the care they had received from the local health and social care services.

Resolved – That the panel request an urgent investigation of the circumstances be undertaken by appropriate bodies, seeking assurances that the local resident’s current and future care would be timely, appropriate and suitably integrated.

208  DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH’S ANNUAL REPORT – The Chairman invited Adrian Smith, Strategy and Relationship Manager, to present the draft Annual Report.  Adrian explained how the aims of the strategy and the public health outcomes framework had been embedded across the council in the previous year.  Members asked questions on a variety of related issues, including smoking, public engagement, obesity and school nursing.

Resolved – (a) That Adrian Smith be thanked for his attendance and, (b) that the situation be noted.

209  (16)  QUALITY ACCOUNTS 2013/14 – The Chairman welcomed Kathryn Helley, Deputy Director of Clinical and Quality Assurance, and Jeremy Daws, Assistant Head of Quality Assurance, Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust, and Karen Cvijetic, Head of Quality Improvement, Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, to the meeting.  Each partner presented their annual Quality Account document, focussing on their organisation’s performance throughout the 2013/14 period, and highlighting priority areas for development in 2014/15.

Members asked a range of questions, including on issues such as mortality rates, dementia, patient safety, infection control and 7 day working.

Resolved – (a) That Kathryn Helley, Jeremy Daws and Karen Cvijetic be thanked for their attendance, and (b) that the panel’s response to the draft Quality Account documents be prepared and circulated to the Chairman and Vice-Chair in order to agree and submit to the relevant organisations.

210  HYPERACUTE STROKE SERVICES – The Director Policy and Resources updated the panel on recent discussions with North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group and other organisations around future options for the configuration of stroke services in the region.

Resolved – (a) That the situation be noted, and (b) that the panel be kept fully informed of ongoing discussions.

211  DEVELOPMENTS IN HEALTH – Members received a short, oral update on developing issues relevant to the panel’s terms of reference.

Resolved – That the situation be noted

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