Here is the email I’ve sent to my ward Councillors (below). Please feel free to use it as a template, if you’d like the Adults Health and Social Care Scrutiny Panel to find out why Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group wants to avoid public consultation on the “Right Care” shakeup of our NHS and social care services.
The next Scrutiny Panel meeting is tomorrow – Tuesday 12th August at 6pm.
The Scrutiny Panel is the Council version of a House of Commons Select Committee. It has the power to call the NHS organisations to account and can issue an injunction to stop them from carrying out any potentially illegal or dodgy actions. It can also refer them to the Secretary of State for Health.
EMAIL TO COUNCILLORS STARTS:
This proposal is contained in a new Report, “Delivery of the Five Year Plan – Right Care, Right Time, Right Place” that Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group is to ask its Governing Body to approve at its meeting this Thursday. The Report is downloadable from the Calderdale CCG website -item 6 on the agenda.
It states that the CCGs in both Calderdale and Huddersfield aim to go ahead and introduce the new care in the community system without any public consultation.
If the Governing Body approves this, the CCGs will only consult the public on the acute and emergency hospital cuts once the new community care system is in place.
The Report strongly indicates that the new care in the community system is likely to be commissioned from private companies.
Ken Roe, the Chair of Band Together For Our NHS, says that,
I hope you agree that the Scrutiny Panel should call in the CCG asap if the Governing Body approves this set of proposals and will ask them to do this.