Healthier Communities and Older People Scrutiny Panel – 30 June 2008

PRESENT:  Councillor Barker in the chair.

Councillors Appleyard, Cawsey, Collinson, Eckhardt, Simpson and Wells.

The panel met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.

75  DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS – There were no declarations of personal or personal and prejudicial interests.

No whip was declared.

76  PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK There were no requests received.

77  PROGRESS ON BREAST SCREENING ACTION PLAN – The Service Director Legal and Democratic advised members of the panel that due to prior arrangements, it had not been possible to get a representative from North Lincolnshire PCT to attend the meeting.

North Lincolnshire PCT had however submitted a written statement, which had been circulated to all members.  Members engaged in further discussion, and it was noted that there had been a marked improvement in the breast screening service provision.

The Chair suggested that representatives from the PCT be invited to attend the next scheduled meeting to answer any questions that members may have, but also, so that thanks could be conveyed, from the panel, for the recent work that had been undertaken to improve the service.

Resolved – That representatives from the Humberside sub-regional breast screening service be invited to attend the next scheduled meeting of the Healthier Communities and Older People Scrutiny Panel.

78  CONSIDERATION OF FUTURE WORK PLAN AND PRIORITIES – The panel engaged in discussion as to whichtopics could be considered for future review.  Information and suggestions from the Director of Public Health, senior council officers and also members were circulated.  Members agreed to receive further information on the following subjects:

  • Did not attend’ rates for outpatient appointments at North Lincolnshires’ Hospital’s and clinics.
  • Community equipment and adaptations – sub group review
  • Smoking during pregnancy
  • Alcohol abuse within children


Resolved – That the subjects be scoped for feasibility and be discussed at the next scheduled meeting of the panel.

79  THE JOINT STRATEGIC NEEDS ASSESSMENT (JSNA) – The Chair advised the panel that he had recently contacted Dr Andrew Furber, Director of Public Health and had asked that congratulations be passed on to all involved in the JSNA consultation.

Resolved – (a) That the Chair and Service Director Legal and Democratic arrange for  a written response to be sent to all involved with the JSNA consultation and document.

80  (3) LEADER OF THE COUNCIL’S FORWARD PLAN – The Service Director Legal and Democratic circulated the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council’s Forward Plan for July to October 2008.

The plan contained details of all matters and issues likely to be the subject of key decisions for a period of the next four months, updated on a monthly basis.

Resolved – That the position be noted.

81  (4) MAJOR CAUSES OF DEATH IN NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE FOR THE 3 YEAR PERIOD, 2004-2006 – Further to a request from a member of the panel, information had been provided by North Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust (PCT), highlighting the major causes of death within the area.

Members engaged in discussion over the the information that had been provided.  It was asked that further clarification be provided as to all causes of death at all ages.

Resolved – (a) That additional information be requested from the PCT and, (b) that the position be noted.

82  NEWLY APPOINTED LINk COORDINATOR – The Service Director Legal and Democratic advised the panel that Greg Gough had been appointed as the local LINk coordinator.  He reported that Greg had asked if he could introduce himself to members at a future meeting of the Healthier Communities and Older People Scrutiny Panel.

Resolved – That Greg Gough, LINk Coordinator be invited to attend the next scheduled meeting of the panel.