Agenda and minutes

Health Services Task and Finish Group - Thursday, 5th March, 2020 3.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber

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It was proposed and seconded that Councillor G Perham be appointed Chair of the Health Services Task and Finish Group.  There were no further nominations.  On being put to the vote, the motion was carried.


RESOLVED to appoint Councillor G Perham Chair of the Health Services Task and Finish Group.


Councillor Perham took the Chair. 





It was proposed and seconded that Councillor V Harvey be appointed Vice Chair of the Health Services Task and Finish Group.  There were no further nominations.  On being put to the vote, the motion was carried.


RESOLVED to appoint Councillor V Harvey Vice Chair of the Health Services Task and Finish Group.





Schedule 12 of the Local Government Act 1972 requires a record be kept of the Members present and that this record form part of the minutes of the meeting. Members who cannot attend a meeting should tender apologies to the Town Clerk.



Apologies for absence were received from Central Bedfordshire Councillors C Hegley and T Stock, Patricia Coker of Central Bedfordshire Council and Diana Blackmun of Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire, all of whom had pre-existing calendar commitments.


For health reasons Cllr B Spurr would be replaced on the group by Councillor G Perham.




(i)        Under the Localism Act 2011 (sections 26-37 and Schedule 4) and in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct, Members are required to declare any interests which are not currently entered in the Member’s Register of Interests or if he/she has not notified the Monitoring Officer of it.

(ii)       Should any Member have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in an item on the agenda, the Member may not participate in consideration of that item unless a Dispensation has first been requested (in writing) and granted by the Council (see Dispensation Procedure).



Members were asked to declare any interests, including the nature of those interests, which they had in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.


Councillor D Bowater declared an interest as Vice Chair of the Central Bedfordshire Social Care, Health and Housing Overview and Scrutiny Committee and as a member of the Beds, Luton and Milton Keynes Health overview and scrutiny committee.




To receive questions and statements from members of the public in respect of any item of business included in the agenda, as provided for in Standing Order No.s 3(f) and 3(g).



There were no questions from members of the public.





To formally agree the aims of the Health Services Task and Finish group and to determine next steps. Draft aims below:   


1.     To press Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) and Central Bedfordshire Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) to bring forward proposals urgently for a Leighton-Linslade Health Hub as part of a planned approach to improved localisation of hospital services for local residents and to secure the town’s fair share of Government investment in the localisation agenda.


2.     To press for the development of that Plan to include local GPs and professions ancillary, patient groups and the Town Council, to promote, encourage and support early and regular consultation with residents of the parish in terms of the services to be provided and the location of the Hub.


3.     To pursue, in consultation with the three groups mentioned above, that this comprehensive Plan shall include:

(a)   A Leighton-Linslade Hub providing a range of services that are currently provided by hospitals or not at all

(b)   The accommodation and investment requirements of existing GP surgeries in the town

(c)   Planned GP surgeries serving the new developments on the eastern side of the town and also Linslade residents, who used to have two GP surgeries but now had none.



Representatives of the Primary Care Network were thanked for attending and invited to give an update on healthcare provision in the town.


The group was advised that the Primary Care Network (PCN) focus was for the three GP practices in the town to work together to provide patient services for the locality, to benefit local residents. For example, a drop in blood testing clinic open to patients of all three practices. It was possible that some diagnostic services might be brought in. The PCN was fortunate to have three practices across four sites, thereby having sufficient accommodation available. Its focus was purely on primary health services, having limited scope and limited budget. The creation of PCNs was new and the Leighton-Linslade PCN was felt to be more advanced than some others.


The aim of the PCN was felt to be fundamentally different from the aim of the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, which was understood to be the development of a “health hub” for the town which would combine primary care service and social care services, with the possible addition of mental health services and some diagnostic services.


The group agreed that more co-operation between GP practices could only be a good thing for patients but it was recognised that long term planning was difficult given the lack of clarity about BCCG aspirations.


It was unclear whether the five health hubs proposed for the Central Bedfordshire area were all to be operated on a similar model or whether the individual needs of each locality would impact on the specification for each hub.


The group agreed that further information should be sought from the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and an invitation extended to attend the next meeting in order to provide the group with greater clarity on health hub proposals.


RESOLVED to request from the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group:

1)    The original health hub proposal/plan which it was understood had been presented to the Central Bedfordshire Health and Wellbeing Board.

2)    The latest progress/implementation report on the county-wide health hub project.

3)    Clarification on proposed funding arrangements for health hubs.

4)    The specification and intended services to be provided at the Dunstable and Biggleswade health hubs

5)    The space/location requirements for the Dunstable and Biggleswade health hubs

6)    Attendance at a future meeting of the group.


It was felt by the group that the information to be requested should already be in existence and possibly already in the public domain. It was hoped that BCCG would be able to provide this quickly and that the information would then help to inform further discussions about the possible location, size and specification of a health hub in Leighton-Linslade.


Discussion took place regarding whether the Task and Finish group was the most appropriate forum or whether the project might be better managed through the Leighton-Linslade Partnership (Joint) Committee. It was noted that the Partnership Committee already had a significant remit and its meetings would probably not allow for sufficient time to discuss this specific  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.