Reporting Back: Health Scrutiny Committee

Last month was the Bury’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Councillor Cristina Tegolo reports:

The Committee’s role involves reviewing and scrutinising any matters relating to the provision and operation of health services in the area of the Council, scrutinising organisations external to the Council and holding the Leader / Cabinet Members to account. Bury’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee meets in public and includes a public question time at the start of the meeting. Scrutiny committees actively welcome involvement with the public and seek the views of members of the public on services that are being considered. Scrutiny committees also welcome suggestions for subjects to be considered for inclusion in the scrutiny work programme.

Geoff Little, Chief Executive Bury Council provided an update on the Health and Social Care Reforms. Chris O’Gorman, Local Care Organisation Independent Chair, and Julie Gonda, Director of Adult Social Care, provided an update on Bury Local Care Organisation. John Hobday, Consultant in Public Health, provided an overview of key health and well-being data for Bury and Highlited areas for future interventions. Mr Little explained how, despite amount of money being spent, outcomes and health expectancies for Bury people are still not acceptable. In Holyrood life expectancy for 2013 – 2017 for a male was 77.6 years to 79.5 years (inSt. Mary’s it is 79.5 years to 81.4 years)and for females was 82.4 years to 84.1 years (in St. Mary’s is 84.1 years to 85.7 years). Bury “One Commissioning Organisation” wants to have a program of reforms based on the needs of Bury residents, clients and patients. Ultimately and over time the Bury “One Commissioning Organisation” will encompass all strategic commissioning from the Council and CCG and other public services where possible. The main goals are to:

  • Empower Bury people to remain well and make healthy decisions
  • Close the financial gap and improve outcomes 
  • Create a different model based on understanding of families and carers
  • Take control of the system as whole 
  • Improve services in the community for the most vulnerable
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I commented on the importance of education and especially promoting health and wellbeing of children under 5. I also welcomed Bury Council’s plan to empower Bury people to remain well for longer and supporting and caring for people in their homes. However, I pointed out that the Planning department is probably not aware of the objectives of the “One Commissioning Organisations”. I gave as an example the planning meeting that I attended on the previous day, in which a Community Centre at the heart of a residential area, which could be used for exercising classes and health promoting activities, was changed into offices and a block of apartments (in Green Belt and in Conservation Area) had received planning permission even if the 16 apartments were missing the most basic accessibility and inclusive design standards.

More information and the full papers for the meeting are here.

One thought on “Reporting Back: Health Scrutiny Committee

  1. Carol Longshaw says:

    I think the issue of public health and planning being intertwined from a strategic and policy perspective is critical .eg: .obesity strategy vs licensing of takeaway and fast food restaurants e.g. KFC . Healthy walking areas such as parks being dog fouling free and grass moan and weeds managed..St Mary’s and tge flower park is a disgrace !! As is Clarke’s Hill walkthrough.
    The need to manage litter/ plastics/ uneven pavements/ gardens etc –
    Are all residential establishments or housing / property developers and commercial outlets who are in receipt of planning approval or licences or are working in partnership with the LA signed up to a contractual agreement to manage the litter, the weeds or overgrown gardens and walkways and non compliance means loss of licence or a penalty to pay.

    What are the health providers doing to improve the Walk in Centre hours? . It looks like a 3rd world country – with queues of potential patients standing outside waiting for the staff to open the doors right on the dot..! Oh the power of the clock!!
    Can we have also please have an update on the Longfield precinct regeneration in your next briefing as we have received no news as yet to resident engagement or progress with the developing proposals in partnership with the community

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