Health Scrutiny Panel – 12 June 2012

PRESENT:  Councillor 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.

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

No whip was declared.

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

12  EAST MIDLANDS AMBULANCE SERVICE NHS TRUST – CONSULTATION ON BECOMING A FOUNDATION TRUST – Members were informed that, unfortunately, the representative from East Midlands Ambulance Service was now unable to attend the meeting to discuss the consultation.  The Chairman led a discussion about the contents of the consultation document and the panel’s next steps.

Resolved – (a) that any member who wished to respond individually return their response to the address given, and (b) that a short response from the panel be drafted, approved by the Chairman and Vice-Chair, and returned to the service.

13  THE STRATEGIC RESPONSE TO HEALTH INEQUALITIES IN NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE – REPORT BY THE FORMER HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES AND OLDER PEOPLE SCRUTINY PANEL – Members were advised that the Director of Public Health was due to attend the next scheduled meeting of the panel to discuss progress with health inequalities locally.  A discussion on the role of the Director was led by the Chairman, based on how they could support the panel in its work.

Resolved – that the Director of Public Health be approached to act as a health and public health advisor to the panel.

14  SITE VISITS AND FUTURE DIARY DATES – Members were given details of a number of future site visits and events.  All members of the panel were invited to attend.

15  CONSIDERATION OF WORK PROGRAMME AND FUTURE PRIORITIES – The Chairman invited the panel to consider their future priorities.  A number of possible subjects and pieces of work were suggested, which the Chairman agreed should be considered for inclusion on the panel’s work programme.

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