Meeting documents

Health Scrutiny Panel 2019/20
Wednesday 11th September 2019

Chairman: Cllr Mumby-Croft
Venue: G02e Church Square House, 30-40 High Street, Scunthorpe
Time: 11 a.m.
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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 meetings of the panel held on 2 August 2019 as a correct record and authorise the Chairman to sign.

4. Public speaking request (if any).

5. Patient Transport Service

  • Discussion and update with representatives from North Lincolnshire CCG
  • Next stages (if any).

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 and Wilson.

The panel met at the Church Square House, High Street, Scunthorpe.

510 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, or personal or personal and prejudicial interests.

No whip was declared.

511 MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the meeting of this panel held on 2 August 2019, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and be signed by the chairman.

512 PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK - There were no requests received.

513 PATIENT TRANSPORT SERVICES - The Chairman welcomed Jane Ellerton, Head of Strategic Commissioning at North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), to the meeting. The Chairman explained that the CCG representatives had been invited to update the panel on patient transportation, following the cessation of the previous service provider, and the subsequent awarding of a revised contract to a new provider; Savoy Ventures.

Jane described the history of the previous contract and the awarding of the new contract, and explained which services had been tendered and were being delivered. Jane gave the panel information about the transition arrangements, and provided a detailed overview of the new provider's performance, comparing it with the previous contract holder. Savoy Ventures was performing adequately and was improving on the majority of its indicators on a month-by-month basis, and Jane stated that she was confident that this encouraging trend would continue.

The Chairman invited Members to ask questions throughout, and the panel discussed a range of issues, including staff turnover and retention, performance on individual Key Performance Indicators, eligibility criteria, and CCG oversight. Jane responded fully and appropriately throughout.

Resolved - (a) That Jane Ellerton be thanked for their attendance and for providing answers to members' questions, and (b) that the situation be noted.

514 ADDED ITEM - There was no added item for consideration at the meeting.

515 ANY OTHER BUSINESS - The Chairman invited Jane Ellerton to provide a background briefing on proposals to close the Bridge Street branch surgery in Broughton, following a notification received from NHS England. Jane explained that two branch surgeries in Broughton; Bridge Street and Riverside. The Bridge Street branch surgery had very low numbers of Broughton residents on its list, and the surgery had been closed since June 2019. The majority of residents either utilised the Riverside branch surgery in Broughton, or travelled to Brigg.

Following a discussion and a number of questions from members, Jane outlined the planned patient engagement work, explaining that existing patients of the branch surgery would be offered to transfer their registration to the Riverside branch surgery, to utilise the Bridge Street surgery in Brigg, or to be transferred to another surgery.

Resolved - (a) That Jane Ellerton be thanked for providing an overview of the proposal and for providing answers to members' questions, and (b) that the situation be noted.