Please tell Joint Health Scrutiny Committee to inform public about hospital cuts “phased implementation proposals”

The Calderdale and Kirklees Joint Health Scrutiny Committee meeting tomorrow (6th July, 3pm, Council Chamber, Huddersfield Town Hall) looks as if it will be utterly pathetic and a travesty of the idea of scrutiny.

Please urgently email the Councillors on the Scrutiny Committee to tell them:
  • At the 6th July meeting, they MUST make public  the proposals for phased implementation of the hospital cuts plans, that the local NHS Organisations intend to send to the Secretary of State and the Independent Reconfiguration Panel on 10th August.
  • AND that the public must have access to the planned workshop in late July between the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee and the local NHS organisations, when the proposals are to be discussed before being sent off the the Secretary of State/ Independent Reconfiguration Panel.

You can find contact details for Kirklees Councillor members here.  Contact details for Calderdale Councillor members of the CK Joint Health Scrutiny Committee are:

councillor.hblagbrough@calderdale.gov.uk

councillor.acollins@calderdale.gov.uk

councillor.chutchinson@calderdale.gov.uk

councillor.awilkinson@calderdale.gov.uk

First meeting in a year, since the hospital cuts proposals were referred to the Secretary of State for Health

The 6th July meeting is the first meeting since 21 July 2017, when the  Calderdale and Kirklees Joint Health Scrutiny Committee narrowly voted to refer the hospital cuts proposals to the Secretary of State for Health and the Independent Reconfiguration Panel. This was because the Committee found them unfit for the people of Calderdale and Kirklees, and inconsistent with the proposals that had been consulted on.

Last December, Calderdale and Kirklees 999 Call for the NHS and scores of members of the public asked the Calderdale and Kirklees Joint Health Scrutiny Committee to meet to scrutinise new NHS cuts and changes relating to the hospital cuts proposals. The Committee ignored our email. Since then, a slew of further NHS cuts and changes have taken place. There is NOTHING about any of them on the 6th July 2018 Agenda.

What’s on the agenda

The main purpose of the 6th July meeting is to decide the next steps in sending the Secretary  of State and the Independent Reconfiguration Panel proposals for a phased implementation of:

  • out of hospital care (previously called Care Closer to Home)
  • hospital capacity
  • availability of capital funding.

The local NHS organisations plan to send these proposals to the Sec of State/Independent Reconfiguration Panel on 10th August.

There is NO information about what these proposals are. This secrecy is totally UNACCEPTABLE

If you can, please attend the meeting and tell them so.

The Agenda covers:

  1. The 21/7/17 meeting Minutes that referred the Right Care Right Time Right Place hospital cuts proposal to the Secretary of State/Independent Reconfiguration Panel
  2. The Joint Health Scrutiny Committee’s response to the Sec of State’s letter/Independent Reconfiguration Panel’s request for further work on the hospital cuts proposals
  3. Update on the local NHS organisations’ response to the Sec of State/Independent Reconfiguration Panel’s request.
Joint Health Scrutiny Committee’s response to the Sec of State’s letter/Independent Reconfiguration Panel’s request

The purpose of this Agenda item is for the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee to formally receive and note the Sec of State’s & Independent Reconfiguration Panel’s correspondence. That is ALL.

The paper for this Agenda item says that Calderdale and Kirklees Joint Health Scrutiny Committee have responded to the Sec of State’s letter/Independent Reconfiguration Panel’s request as follows:

  • Cllr Smaje and Cllr Hutchinson met both Clinical Commissioning Groups and the Hospital Trust’s Director of Transformation on 15 June to discuss “arrangements for considering the response from the Sec of State”
  • They are going to hold a workshop with the NHS organisations in late July, to discuss whatever the NHS organisations have cooked up in their response to the Sec of State/Independent Reconfiguration Panel.

In the paper on this agenda item (5), there is no information about the contents of the NHS organisations’ proposals. And no mention of any intention to involve or inform the public about the NHS organisations’ proposals. This is totally taking the piss out of any idea of scrutiny, democracy and accountability. What have they got to hide?

Update on NHS organisations’ response to Sec of State/Independent Reconfiguration Panel  – “exploring a phased approach to implementation of the proposals for out of hospital care, hospital capacity and capital funding”

Equally,  there is no information in the NHS organisations’ paper for the meeting (Item 6)   about what is in their response – apart from that it proposes a phased implementation of  proposals for:

  • out of hospital (community) care  -no longer called Care Closer to Home
  • hospital capacity
  • availability of capital funding

The report says that the Sec of State/IRP directed the NHS organisations to those 3 areas of focus.  In relation to these areas, they have rejected both the options of ‘do nothing’ and ‘continue with proposed plan’.

Instead they are “exploring a phased approach to implementation of the proposals for out of hospital care, hospital capacity and capital funding”.

There is NO information about what this phased approach might entail or where the capital funding might be available from.

The purpose of making this report to the meeting is for the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee to note its contents, and discuss and agree how the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee and NHS organisations should take this work forward.

The NHS organisations will submit their proposals for the phased approach to Sec of State by 10 Aug. As already mentioned, they will hold a workshop with the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee before sending off their proposals.

This MUST be held in public. With the possibility for the public to make deputations and ask questions.

Travesty of idea of scrutiny

Jenny Shepherd’s deputation statement will be about how shameful this proposal is in that it provides NO info to the public and has NO proposal to inform us or seek our views before it is sent off to the Secretary of State and the Independent Reconfiguration Panel. This is a travesty of the idea of scrutiny.

We don’t know who else is making deputation statements.

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