Agenda and minutes

Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Joint Health Scrutiny Committee
Monday, 25 June 2007 10:30 am

Items
No. Item

1.

APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR

Members are asked to appoint a Chair for the Committee in accordance with its working arrangements.

 

Leicester City Council has nominated Councillor Allen for this post.

Minutes:

Members were asked to appoint a Chair for the Committee in accordance with its working arrangements. It was reported that Councillor Allen had been nominated by Leicester City Council for this post.

 

RESOLVED:

that Councillor Allen be appointed Chair of the Committee for the period June 2007 – May 2009, in accordance with the working arrangements.

2.

APPOINTMENT OF VICE-CHAIR

Members are asked to appoint a Vice-Chair for the Committee in accordance with its working arrangements.

 

Leicestershire County Council has nominated Mr D Houseman CC for this post.

Minutes:

Members were asked to appoint a Vice-Chair for the Committee in accordance with its working arrangements. It was reported that Mr D Houseman CC had been nominated by Leicestershire County Council for this post.

 

RESOLVED:

that  Mr D Houseman CC be appointed Vice-Chair of the Committee for the period June 2007 – May 2009, in accordance with the working arrangements.

3.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors Bhavsar and Joshi (Leicester City Council), Mr. Coxon, Mr. Hyde, Mr. Liquorish and Mrs. Newton (Leicestershire County Council) and Mr. Wakeman (Director of Health, Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Primary Care Trust).

4.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members are asked to declare any interests they may have in the business on the agenda and/or declare that Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act applies to them.

Minutes:

The following members declared general personal non-prejudicial interests: -

 

Mr. A. Bailey - His son and daughter in law were employees of the Leicestershire Partnership Trust

Councillor Hall            -            Was an employee of the National Health                                                             Service

Mr. Legrys- His wife was a General Practitioner

Mr. J. Moore -            His daughter was a nurse employed by             NHS

5.

WORKING ARRANGEMENTS AND TERMS OF REFERENCE pdf icon PDF 28 KB

Members are asked to note the working arrangements and Terms of Reference for the Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

Please note that minor amendments have been made to the document adopted by the Committee on 22 March 2005. The original document is appended for comparison purposes only.

Minutes:

Members were asked to note the working arrangements and Terms of Reference for the Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

Members expressed a view that it would be desirable if members of the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee could also have a pre-meeting, on similar lines to that provided for the Chair, Vice-Chair and Spokespersons, one hour before the actual meeting.

 

RESOLVED:

that the working arrangements and Terms of Reference for the Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, as reported, be noted, subject to the inclusion of a pre-meeting for members as outlined above.

6.

PETITIONS

The Town Clerk to report on the receipt of any petitions submitted in accordance with the Council’s procedures.

Minutes:

The Town Clerk reported that no petitions had been received.

7.

QUESTIONS, REPRESENTATIONS, STATEMENTS OF CASE

The Town Clerk to report on the receipt of any questions, representations and statements of case submitted in accordance with the Council’s procedures.

Minutes:

Pathway Project

The Chair read out the following statement prepared by Mr. G. Smith, Co-Chair, Patient and Public Involvement Forum for University Hospitals of Leicester, prepared for the Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee: -

 

“The Patient and Public Involvement Forum for the University Hospitals of Leicester is a statutory body appointed by the Commission on Patient and Public Involvement in Health and its duties include monitoring the plans and performance of the Trust and bringing matters to the attention of the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee.

 

Since its inception in 2003 the Forum has been involved in the discussions on the Pathway Project to build the urgently needed new hospitals for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland. At its recent meeting the Forum resolved to bring to the attention of the Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee its concerns over the continued delay to the scheme, the changes that are being made in it, and the consequential impact on the care of patients now and in the future. The Forum is also concerned over the costs that will fall on the taxpayer as a consequence of the delay.”

 

It was reported that the Pathway project was on the Committee Work programme for Autumn 2007 and Mr. Smith had been notified of this fact.

 

RESOLVED:

                        that the information be noted.

8.

PRIMARY CARE TRUSTS/ LEICESTERSHIRE PARTNERSHIP TRUST SERVICE REDESIGN

Tim Rideout, Chief Executive, Leicester City Primary Care Trust, will give a presentation on the Primary Care Trusts/Leicestershire Partnership Trust Service Redesign.

Minutes:

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9.

HEALTHCARE ACQUIRED INFECTION AT UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS LEICESTER

At the request of the Chair of the Committee, Caroline Trevithick, Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control, and Dr Peter Reading, Chief Executive, University Hospitals Leicester, will give a presentation outlining action being taken to control healthcare acquired infection.

Minutes:

City Wardens

 

Adrian Russell, Environmental Services, gave a verbal presentation on the introduction of City Wardens and their responsibilities, which were explained as: 

  • Direct enforcement action (litter, graffiti, flyposting, unauthorised distribution of printed material in defined areas, bins on pavements, dog control and dog fouling);
  • Indirect action i.e. working with partner colleagues

 

Residents raised queries in relation to leaves on the roads in the area and the difficulties that highways obstructions cause for disabled people. Adrian Russell, Environmental Services, confirmed that Street Cleansing representatives would be at the next Community Meeting and that the City Wardens had no powers to deal with highways obstructions but that may be an area of future work. 

 

Action

Officer / Councillor

Deadline

Investigate the accumulation of litter on and around Freemans Common.

Adrian Russell, Environmental Services.

Not determined.

Street Cleansing Officers and City Wardens to be available at the next Community Meeting.

Kate Owen, Members Support Officer.

Date of the next Community Meeting.

 

10,000 Trees

 

Adrian Russell, Environmental Services, explained the scheme to residents and agreed to take suggestions for possible planting locations from residents at the end of the meeting.

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10.

REGIONAL PAYROLL CONTRACT UPDATE

At the request of the Chair of the Committee a verbal report will be given by Helen Gordon, Director of Human Resources, University Hospitals Leicester (UHL) and Dr Peter Reading, Chief Executive, UHL, on the current situation with the recently introduced payroll contract.

Minutes:

At the request of the Chair, Councillor Allen, Helen Gordon, Director of Human resources, University Hospitals Leicester (UHL) and Dr. Peter Reading, Chief Executive, UHL, gave a verbal report on the current situation with the recently introduced payroll contract.

 

Members were informed that events over the past few weeks had caused serious concerns both to staff and the employers. In April the system operated by the newly appointed contractor in charge of the payroll failed to record ‘out of hours payments’ and some 3,500 staff employed by UHL were affected. The ‘help desk’ operated by the contractor became flooded with calls and callers could not get through. Since April the situation had improved and there were now regular daily telephone conferences at Director level and the ‘help desk’ had been improved.

 

It was further stated that it was also hoped to resolve all of the legacy problems caused by the previous payroll contractor and it was stated that overall this was a completely unacceptable situation for UHL, and more particularly the staff. Strenuous efforts were being made to resolve all of the outstanding issues.

 

Members questioned how long the contract with the current provider was, and whether there were penalty clauses that could be invoked, and also whether any investigations took place regarding the potential contractor prior to the contract being awarded.

 

Trust representatives stated that the contract was for 3 years and penalty clauses had already been invoked. A number of investigations and site visits to the potential contractor had taken place prior to the contract being awarded.

 

Members questioned whether any help was being offered to help low paid workers who had incurred additional charges/costs as a direct result of the correct wages not being paid.

 

Officers stated that an internal system had been set up to pay back charges and/or costs incurred as well as action to restore credit ratings.

 

RESOLVED:

that a report be submitted to the next meeting on the progress made to resolve the issues with the payroll  as outlined.

11.

DATES OF FUTURE MEETINGS

Members are asked to agree dates for future meetings of the Committee for the rest of the municipal year 2007-2008. The following dates are suggested:

 

Monday 24 September 2007

Monday 26 November 2007

Monday 21 January 2008

Monday 31 March 2008

 

All meetings to start at 10.30a.m.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

that the dates for future meetings of the Committee for the remainder of the municipal year 2007/08, as reported and set out below, be approved: -

 

Monday 24th September 2007

Monday 26th November 2007

Monday 21st January 2008

Monday 31st March 2008

 

All meetings to start at 10.30am.

12.

ANY OTHER URGENT BUSINESS

Minutes:

The following item was considered as a matter of urgency on the grounds that the Minutes of the previous meeting of the Committee, held on 23rd March 2007 required approval before the next meeting.

 

 

Minutes of Previous Meeting

13.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

that the Minutes of the meeting held on 23rd March 2007, as previously circulated, be agreed as a correct record.

14.

CLOSE OF MEETING

Minutes:

The Chair declared the meeting closed at 12.48pm.