Health Scrutiny Panel – 10 December 2018
Chairman: Cllr Mumby-Croft
Venue: Function Room 1, Civic Centre, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe
Time: 2 p.m.
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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 meetings of the Health Scrutiny Panel held on 17 September 2018, 29 October 2018 and 23 November 2018 as a correct record and authorise the Chairman to sign.
4. Public speaking request (if any).
5. Pain Management Services
5.1 Discussion and update from representatives from North Lincolnshire CCG and local providers.
5.2 Next stages.
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, Perry, C Sherwood, and Wilson.
The panel met at the Civic Centre, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe.
497 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.
498 MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 17 September 2018, 29 October 2018 and 23 November 2018, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chairman.
499 PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK – There were no requests received.
500 PAIN MANAGEMENT SERVICES – The Chairman welcomed Jane Ellerton, North Lincolnshire CCG, and Paul Hinchliffe and Carol Staples, Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust, to the meeting. The Chairman explained that Jane, Paul and Carol had been invited to discuss ongoing issues with the local pain management service and potential methods of improving provision and access.
Jane gave an overview of the current situation, informing the panel that both North and North East Lincolnshire CCGs had concerns about the waiting times for access. The service tended to have a majority of long-terms patients, and the increasing use of follow-up appointments was placing pressure on the time it took for patients to receive treatment. The CCGS intended to contract two additional providers for new outpatient referrals. This would free up appointments and improve patient choice.
The Chairman led a detailed discussion with the witnesses, discussing issues such as waiting times, alternative treatments, evidence-based changes to the service model, and contractual monitoring.
Resolved – (a) That Jane Ellerton, Paul Hinchliffe, and Carol Staples be thanked for their attendance and for providing answers to members’ questions and (b) that the situation be noted.
501 ADDED ITEM – There was no added item for consideration at the meeting.