Health Scrutiny Panel – 25 July 2016

Chairman:  Cllr Mumby-Croft
Venue: Function Room 1, Civic Centre, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe
Time:  2 p.m.


1.  Substitutions.

2.  Declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests and personal or personal and prejudicial interests and declarations of whipping arrangements (if any).

3.  To take the minutes of the meeting of the panel held on 17 May 2016 and 6 June 2016 as a correct record and authorise the chairman to sign.

4.  Public speaking requests (if any)

5.  Eye Health

5.1  Informal discussion and update from the Chair of the Local Eye Health Network.
5.2  Next stages (if any)

6.  Review of Sexual Health Services

6.1  Verbal update

7.  Added item (if any).

8.  Any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent by reason of special circumstances which must be specified.


PRESENT:-   Councillor Mumby-Croft in the Chair.

Councillors Carlile (Vice-Chair), Armiger, Ellerby and Ogg.

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe.

358     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.

359     MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 17 May 2016 and 6 June 2016, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the Chairman.

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

361     EYE HEALTH – The Chairman welcomed Liz Greenwood, Chair of the Local Eye Health Network, North Yorkshire and the Humber, to the meeting.  The Chairman explained that Liz been invited to discuss progress on the panel’s 2015 report “Promoting Vision and Eye Health” and the draft region-wide eye health strategy “Clearly Working for Better Eye Health”.

Liz updated the panel on the process for developing the draft strategy, describing the recommendations for improvements, the evidence base, and the need for the strategy to underpin the work of both commissioners and providers. Liz explained how the strategy addressed the scrutiny panel’s previous work, before responding to members’ questions.  The Chairman then led a wide-ranging discussion on a number of related issues, including cataract and glaucoma care and prevention, addressing the needs of hard-to-reach groups, and the need for a preventative approach.

Resolved – (a)  That Liz Greenwood be thanked for her attendance, presentation and for answering members’ questions, and (b) that the finalised strategy be circulated to members when approved.

362     REVIEW OF SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICES – The Director of Policy and Resources briefed members on a possible approach to conducting the panel’s work in this area.  Members discussed this further, before agreeing on a scrutiny plan.  It was confirmed that further background information would be circulated in due course.

Resolved – That a scrutiny brief and timetable be circulated to all panel members, and arrangements made to interview relevant groups and individuals.

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