Agenda item

Chairman's Announcements


Further to the Chairman's announcements contained within the agenda for the meeting, the Chairman made reference to the supplementary information circulated to all members of the Committee in advance of the meeting, which included the following:-


United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust – Financial Special Measures


That on 1 September 2017, NHS Improvement, the national NHS organisation which oversees all provider trusts, had announced that United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust had been placed in 'financial special measures'. 


The Committee was advised that the Chairman was due to meet Karen Brown, the Trust's Director of Finance, Procurement and Corporate Affairs later in the day to gain further information on the Trust's deficit and how the special measures would operate.


Chair of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust Board


That on 23 August 2017, Dean Fathers, the Chair of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust Board, had announced that he was standing down.  The Committee was advised that a recruitment process was underway; and that the Chairman would be attending a stakeholder engagement event on 3 October 2017, to meet and interact with potential candidates.


Re-ablement and Rehabilitation Services for People over 65


It was reported that at its last meeting, the County Council's Adults and Community Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee had considered the performance of re-ablement and rehabilitation services in Lincolnshire for people over 65.


The Scrutiny Committee had noted that in relation to the '91 day' indicator the performance of the provider of re-ablement commissioned by the County Council had exceeded the performance of the provider of intermediate care commissioned by the clinical commissioning groups.  As a result, the Adults and Community Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee had asked for the matter to be considered by the Health Scrutiny Committee for Lincolnshire.


The Chairman drew the Committees attention to pages 15/16 concerning the item relating to Proposed GP Mergers in Louth.  The Committee was invited to comment on how it wished to proceed with this matter.


The representative for East Lindsey District Council advised that in her capacity as the Mayor of Louth, she had had conversations with the practices concerned and from the information received; the Committee should record its support for the proposed mergers.


The Committee agreed that it would not formally respond to the proposed mergers at this stage, but would record its positive support, on the basis that there was no expected negative impact on the ability of patients to access primary care services from their practice.


The Chairman also drew the Committee's attention to the list of Annual General Meetings/Annual Public Meeting detailed on page 17 of the agenda.  The Committee were invited to register any interest in attending the meetings.


The following members indicated that they would be attending the following meetings:-


·         14 September 2017 – Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – Councillor K Cook;

·         19 September 2017 – South West Lincolnshire CCG – Councillors R J Kendrick;

·         19 September 2017 – Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust – Councillor J Kirk;

·         22 September 2017 – United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust- Councillor M A Whittington;

·         28 September 2017 – Lincolnshire East CCG – Councillor P F Watson;

·         28 September 2017 – South Lincolnshire CCG – Councillors C J T H Brewis and S Woolley; and

·         25 October 2017 – Lincolnshire West CCG – Councillor J Kirk.

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