The Scrutiny Support Officer submitted a report regarding potential topics gained from a number of sources for future investigation by the Panel during the 2014/2015 Municipal Year a further update on which was circulated at the meeting.
Panel updates and issues carried over from last year included:-
(i) Winter Pressures update.
(ii) Quality Standards in the Independent Sector.
(iii) Update on Healthcare Associated Infections.
(iv) Dementia update.
(v) NHS Finances - financial pressures facing NHS with particular regard to South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The Panel's attention was drawn to recommendations and/or issues arising from previous reviews which included:-
(vi) Doctors - Clinical Commissioning Group - how the health service was assessing the situation and planning for the future supply and demand of GPs.
(vii) Review of the pharmacy at James Cook University Hospital.
(viii) Longer Opening Hours for GPs surgeries - receive a position statement on the topic of longer opening times from the Local Medical Committee with a view to undertaking a further investigation of the issue if considered appropriate.
In considering the potential scrutiny topics the Panel was mindful of issues where scrutiny could make an impact and add value to local health services.
Additionally, the Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Board confirmed that she had requested that scrutiny panels consider how they could be involved with, and influence, the Council's Change Programme.
As part of the overall arrangements and once approved by the Overview and Scrutiny Board it was suggested that in accordance with usual practice local NHS services and local media be advised of the Panel's work programme.
AGREED that the following items form the basis of the scrutiny work programme for the Health Scrutiny Panel 2014/2015:-
(a) Continue to receive regular updates on Healthcare Associated Infections.
(b) Receive information on local NHS finances.
(c) Receive an update on Neurological Services.
(d) Review of pharmacy at James Cook University Hospital and impact upon hospital discharge arrangements.
(e) Access to GPs with particular regard to longer opening hours at GP surgeries.
(f) Continue to receive updates on Winter Pressures.