Health Scrutiny Panel – 1 September 2015
PRESENT: Councillor Mumby-Croft in the chair.
Councillors Carlile (Vice-Chair), Ogg, Oldfield, and Wells.
The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.
308 DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – Cllr Wells declared a personal interest as a member of St. John Ambulance.
No whip was declared.
309 PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK– There were no requests received.
310 AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIMES IN NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE – The Chairman welcomed Caroline Briggs, Director of Commissioning, and Ian Reekie, Non-Executive Lead for Patient and Public Engagement, North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, and Richard Henderson, Deputy Chief Executive, Andy Hill, General Manager – Lincolnshire, and Nicola Everatt, Acting Locality Manager, East Midlands Ambulance Service, to the meeting. The witnesses had been invited to discuss the Trust’s performance against their statutory targets in North Lincolnshire, and across the wider East Midlands area.
The representatives from the Ambulance Service provided a range of information on local provision, performance levels, and operational activities to improve. The Clinical Commissioning Group representatives updated the panel on their role in contract and performance management and monitoring, All parties then answered members’ questions on a range of issues, including attendance at A&E, joint working arrangements with other ‘Blue Light’ services, the use of triage systems, and local demography.
An update was then given to the panel on ongoing engagement and consultation on retendering the Patient Transport Service (PTS) across Northern Lincolnshire. Information was provided on the engagement activities to date, possible options for commissioning, criteria for receiving PTS, and the use of text reminders to patients. Members asked a number of related questions.
Resolved – (a) That Caroline Briggs, Ian Reekie, Andy Hill, Richard Henderson and Nicola Everatt be thanked for their attendance, (b) that a suitable response to the ongoing engagement be drafted, agreed by the Chairman and Vice-Chair on behalf of the panel, and returned, and (c) that the situation be noted.
306 ADDED ITEM – There was no added item for consideration at the meeting.