Agenda item

LEIGHTON LINSLADE HEALTH HUB

To consider the following Motion proposed and seconded by Councillors S Owen and R Goodchild:

 

That this Council

a)    Reaffirms the Town Council’s commitment to local residents to reducing the strain, time and cost of travel by residents (particularly older persons) to hospitals, by localising hospital services into a Leighton-Linslade Health Hub.

b)    Rejects the BLMKCCG’s allocation of lowest priority to a Leighton-Linslade Hub that is based on statistics of current “spare” space at Leighton-Linslade surgeries which local GPs dispute, and ignores both the current lengthy travel to hospital distances for 60,000 local residents and the unnecessary costs to the taxpayer of basing diagnostic and treatment services in hospitals when they could be available at a local Hub.

c)    Regrets the failure of BLMKCCG and CBC’s Health and Well-being Board to consult with this Council or local residents on their chosen prioritisation yardstick which is irrelevant to the needs of new space, equipment and staffing arising from the localisation of services.

d)    Deplores the action of the BLMKCCG/CBC H&WBB in approving a Health Hub programme that funds two Health Hubs but contains no plans for funding the other three.

e)    Deplores the HWBB secrecy in refusing to provide this Council with their draft plans for a Leighton-Linslade Hub and being prepared to discuss them with this Council.

f)     Notes that the HWBB officers are working on the basis of three unsuitable potential locations for a Leighton-Linslade Hub when central locations convenient for residents and bases are available and current Government policy is to seek central locations for such developments.

g)    Notes with disappointment the lack of challenge on the part of many Leighton-Linslade CBC councillors to the actions of BLMKCCG, the CBC H&WBB, or the CBC Executive, and regrets the action of Leighton-Linslade CBC Conservative councillors Bowater, Berry, Wallace, Perham, Dodwell, Ferguson, and Spurr, in voting against the recent Motion at CBC from Cllrs Harvey and Snelling to promote the Leighton-Linslade Health Hub, as instructed by the Conservative CBC Executive.

h)    Records its disappointment with the imperceptible progress by the Council’s Health T&F Group in progressing the Council’s objectives for both a Health Hub for Leighton-Linslade and a fourth surgery on the Eastern side of town, due in part to the absence of commitment from key stakeholders such as the Conservative CBC Portfolio-Holder to attend and contribute to T&F Group meetings, the HWBB refusal to share the draft  Strategic Plan (with its listing of health services) with the Town Council or to engage with the Town Council to discuss practical funding and site options.

 

and therefore

 

i)     Asks the Chair of the T&F Group, Cllr Perham, who is also a senior CBC administration member, and the Leader of the Council, Cllr Jones, to explain what they propose to do to improve the current impasse and allow the voice of local residents to be heard.

j)     Invites the town’s CBC councillors to explain

  1. why they voted against the Harvey/Snelling Motion
  2. whether and how or whether they intend to begin real progress with the Leighton-Linslade Health Hub
  3. whether and how they will exert pressure on HWBB (i.e. BLMKCCG and CBC) officers to provide co-operation to the Council’s T&F Group instead of saying publicly that they have no influence.

k)    Resolves meantime in the interests of accountability to inform residents of the obstacles and lack of co-operation coming from the major bodies and most of the town’s CBC councillors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

Councillor Owen introduced a lengthy and detailed motion, seconded by Councillor Goodchild, regarding a Leighton Linslade Health Hub:

 

That this Council

a)         Reaffirms the Town Council’s commitment to local residents to reducing the strain, time and cost of travel by residents (particularly older persons) to hospitals, by localising hospital services into a Leighton-Linslade Health Hub.

b)         Rejects the BLMKCCG’s allocation of lowest priority to a Leighton-Linslade Hub that is based on statistics of current “spare” space at Leighton-Linslade surgeries which local GPs dispute, and ignores both the current lengthy travel to hospital distances for 60,000 local residents and the unnecessary costs to the taxpayer of basing diagnostic and treatment services in hospitals when they could be available at a local Hub.

c)         Regrets the failure of BLMKCCG and CBC’s Health and Well-being Board to consult with this Council or local residents on their chosen prioritisation yardstick which is irrelevant to the needs of new space, equipment and staffing arising from the localisation of services.

d)         Deplores the action of the BLMKCCG/CBC H&WBB in approving a Health Hub programme that funds two Health Hubs but contains no plans for funding the other three.

e)         Deplores the HWBB secrecy in refusing to provide this Council with their draft plans for a Leighton-Linslade Hub and being prepared to discuss them with this Council.

f)          Notes that the HWBB officers are working on the basis of three unsuitable potential locations for a Leighton-Linslade Hub when central locations convenient for residents and bases are available and current Government policy is to seek central locations for such developments.

g)         Notes with disappointment the lack of challenge on the part of many Leighton-Linslade CBC councillors to the actions of BLMKCCG, the CBC H&WBB, or the CBC Executive, and regrets the action of Leighton-Linslade CBC Conservative councillors Bowater, Berry, Wallace, Perham, Dodwell, Ferguson, and Spurr, in voting against the recent Motion at CBC from Cllrs Harvey and Snelling to promote the Leighton-Linslade Health Hub, as instructed by the Conservative CBC Executive.

h)         Records its disappointment with the imperceptible progress by the Council’s Health T&F Group in progressing the Council’s objectives for both a Health Hub for Leighton-Linslade and a fourth surgery on the Eastern side of town, due in part to the absence of commitment from key stakeholders such as the Conservative CBC Portfolio-Holder to attend and contribute to T&F Group meetings, the HWBB refusal to share the draft  Strategic Plan (with its listing of health services) with the Town Council or to engage with the Town Council to discuss practical funding and site options.

and therefore

i)          Asks the Chair of the T&F Group, Cllr Perham, who is also a senior CBC administration member, and the Leader of the Council, Cllr Jones, to explain what they propose to do to improve the current impasse and allow the voice of local residents to be heard.

j)          Invites the town’s CBC councillors to explain

1.         why they voted against the Harvey/Snelling Motion

2.         whether and how or whether they intend to begin real progress with the Leighton-Linslade Health Hub

3.         whether and how they will exert pressure on HWBB (i.e. BLMKCCG and CBC) officers to provide co-operation to the Council’s T&F Group instead of saying publicly that they have no influence.

k)         Resolves meantime in the interests of accountability to inform residents of the obstacles and lack of co-operation coming from the major bodies and most of the town’s CBC councillors.

 

A number of Members spoke, with everyone in agreement that adequate health provision was a matter of the greatest importance. However, it was felt that this matter was already being discussed in detail at the Health Services Task & Finish Group, where actions were agreed to attempt to progress matters with the NHS and local authority, which had the statutory responsibility for delivering healthcare provision.

 

A proposal to strike paragraph g) from the Motion was approved by a majority vote.

 

Following further discussion with many members of the Council speaking, the remainder of the motion was put to the vote.

 

RESOLVED that the motion be not carried (7 for, 8 against and 2 abstentions).

 

Councillors Morris and Spurr left the meeting at 2127 hours.

 

The meeting was briefly adjourned at 2122 hours and reconvened at 2128 hours.