Tomorrow night the Council is debating the proposed changes to local health services, which most notable include a threat to Calderdale’s A&E department.
The following motion has been submitted by the Labour party
This Council :-
- Notes that the Strategic Outline Case produced by Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, Locala Community Partnerships, and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust, and particularly the ‘preferred option’ identified by CHNT, has generated wide spread public concern and debate about the future of hospital services in Calderdale;
- Further notes that in November this Council called on all partners “to develop the longer-term strategic means of ensuring continued, safe and appropriate access to 24-hour urgent and emergency care within Calderdale, in full consultation with the public”; and
- Believes that the preferred option does not guarantee this.
This Council therefore calls on the three provider Trusts to withdraw the proposals set out in the Strategic Outline Case, and in particular the ‘preferred option’, to enable the two local authorities and the two Clinical Commissioning Groups to lead an open consultation about future health and social care provision in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield.”
Council believes this will be best achieved by the establishment of a health and care commission, to take evidence, lead consultation and produce proposals regarding future health and social care provision across the Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield health and social care economy, and requests Cabinet to take all necessary steps to secure this outcome.
The Liberal Democrat group has discussed this motion and we are agree with most of what has been stated. We are keen to ensure local people and residents have a say in any group established to examine the matter further, and think perhaps a ‘People’s Panel’ rather than a Health and Care commission might be the best way to do that. We feel this model might provide something in addition to the Council’s existing powers that can be exercised through the Health and Well-being board.
We believe there should be clear provision that residents in Calderdale will be able to participate. The campaign against the closure of Lewisham Hospital may provide some inspiration for how this might be best achieved.
We also think it’s important that the opening hours of GPs are looked at along with the future of the Todmorden Health Centre. We hope that this amendment will strengthen Labour’s motion and the Council will unite in a strong show of opposition to the current proposals put forward.
AMENDMENT TO Council Procedure Rule 14 Motion submitted by Cllr Tim Swift – Item 2 on Council Summons
Delete all after “Greater Huddersfield;” in paragraph (b)
“(c) this Council believes this will be best achieved by the establishment of a ‘People’s Panel’, to take evidence, lead consultation and produce proposals regarding the future provision of integrated health and social care services across the Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield health and social care economy. Cabinet is therefore requested to establish such a Panel, the membership of which shall be wide-ranging, and include local people and relevant groups to allow the input of local people’s perspectives on future service provision; and
(d) this Council calls upon the relevant local NHS bodies to provide, as a matter of urgency, this People’s Panel with detailed proposals relating to extended opening hours of GP surgeries, the future development of Todmorden Health Centre, and other proposals resulting from the Strategic Review of the health and social care economy.”