Health Scrutiny Panel (Special Meeting) – 12 April 2017

Chairman:  Cllr Mumby-Croft

Venue:  Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe

Time:10 a.m.


1.       Substitutions.
2.       Declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests and personal or personal and prejudicial interests and declarations of whipping arrangements (if any).
3.       Public speaking requests (if any)
4.       Update on Referrals to Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust

4.1     Discussion with senior NHS Representatives – feedback from the patient engagement exercise and ongoing data matching work.
4.2     Assurances and Learning
4.3     Next steps

5.       CQC Quality Report – Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

5.1  Discussion with Richard Sunley, Interim Chief Executive.
5.2  Next steps

6.      Added Item (if any)
7.      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 Armiger, Davison, Ellerby, and Ogg.

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

402      DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – Cllr Ogg declared a personal interest as he had a family member working for Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

No whip was declared.

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

404     REFERRALS TO NORTHERN LINCOLNSHIRE & GOOLE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST – UPDATE.  The Chairman welcomed Richard Sunley, Interim Chief Executive, Tara Filby, Chief Nurse, Mr Laurence Roberts, Medical Director, and Jackie France, Assistant Chief Operating Officer – Patient Access, from Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust, and Dr Robert Jaggs-Fowler and Dr Julie Killingbeck, from North Lincolnshire CCG, to the meeting.  The witnesses had been invited to provide the panel with an update on the issue around a number of missed referrals to the Foundation Trust, previously discussed by the anel (minute 394 refers).  Jackie provided an overview, confirming that, at the time of reporting, there were 145 patients identified, including an additional 19 who had come forward following the public appeal.

The Chairman then asked a series of questions, with input from other members, clarifying a number of issues, such as whether clinical reviews were completed or underway, whether the Trust had complied with its Duty of Candour requirements, and the number of suspected cancer patients were included in the cohort.  It was confirmed that the issue had been referred as a Serious Incident and was under investigation.  The Chairman continued to lead a wide-ranging discussion on related issues, with representatives from the Trust and the CCG responding accordingly.

Resolved – That a further update be provided to the panel within six weeks.

405     CQC QUALITY REPORT – NORTHERN LINCOLNSHIRE & GOOLE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST.  The Chairman then invited the above witnesses to make an initial statement on the recently published CQC report into Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust, and local hospitals.  Richard stated that the Trust was understandably disappointed with the report, but that they accepted it fully.  A monthly Quality Board was being convened, including all stakeholders, which would address the implications of the report.

The Chairman asked a number of questions in order to seek clarity around how the Trust would improve services to local residents.  This included discussion of topics such as future leadership arrangements, urgent care, recruitment, maternity services and hospital systems.  All panel members contributed to this discussion, with the Chairman ultimately summing up the panel’s view that the situation was unacceptable and that urgent action had to occur.

Resolved – (a) That Richard Sunley, Tara Filby, Mr Laurence Roberts, Jackie France, Dr Robert Jaggs-Fowler and Dr Julie Killingbeck be thanked for their attendance, (b) that the ongoing efforts of front-line staff, evidenced by the ‘good’ result for the ‘caring’ aspect of the inspection, be acknowledged, (c) that the Chairman write to the Chairman of the Trust to highlight the panel’s concerns around leadership, and (d) that a further update be provided to the panel within six weeks.

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