The final report of the South Tees Joint Health Scrutiny Committee was submitted; which outlined the information submitted during the Joint Health Committee's involvement with the South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group's (CCG's) development of Urgent Care Services and the Making Health Simple consultation.
The report contained the following recommendations of the Joint Committee based on the evidence submitted and conclusions reached:-
a) That the CCG return to the committee to inform Members on a number of issues, including:
How the proposals will be implemented;
What the services will look like;
Where the locations of the extended hours GP practices will be (and how those locations were determined);
Further details on the Travel Plan;
The implications and implementation of the General Practice Forward View.
b) In addition to a) above, that, post implementation, the CCG return to the committee on an annual basis to provide information and analysis to enable the Committee to monitor the effects of the proposals and specifically the siting of a GP in front of house in A&E.
c) That clearly planned and alternative provision must be put in place to deal with the demand across the South Tees before the walk-in centres are closed.
d) That when the changes to the urgent care system are put in place that this is well publicised and clear communication is given to the public so they understand what service are available and when and how they access them.
e) As a result of work that Middlesbroughs Health Scrutiny Panel had been involved in on cancer screening, the Committee would like to recommend that the availability of screening services should be included in the services provided by the extended hours GP hubs.
The Chair of Health Scrutiny Panel advised that the situation had changed in respect of some of the issues included within the recommendations contained in the report and further clarification was required in respect of the current situation. It was recommended that the Overview and Scrutiny Board note the report and that Councillor Dryden seek clarification with regard to how the current situation would impact on services in Middlesbrough.
ORDERED that the report be noted and that the Chair of the Health Scrutiny Panel provide an update to a future meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Board, in respect of the current situation in respect of Urgent Care Services and how it would impact on services in Middlesbrough.