Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny to listen to response from health and social care leads around Shropshire’s Future Fit programme
Shropshire’s Future Fit programme will be discussed at a question and answer style session at Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin’s Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on 12 February.
Senior NHS and Local Authority representatives will be presenting their answers at the JHOSC meeting between 2:00pm and 4.00pm to answer a series of questions put forward by the committee.
Most of the 35 questions raised by the committee, will focus on the acute sector and ambulance service, primary and community care, social care and health systems and how public expectations are being managed throughout the Future Fit consultation.
Prior to the question and answer session, Dr Caron Morton and Mr David Evans of Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning groups will provide an update on the Future Fit Programme. This will include the next series of shortlisted options following the first round of Future Fit consultations last year. The recommended options include:
• An Emergency Centre and Diagnostic & Treatment Centre on a New site
• An Emergency Centre on a New site and Diagnostic & Treatment Centre at Princess Royal Hospital
• An Emergency Centre on a New site on a New site and Diagnostic & Treatment Centre at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
• An Emergency Centre at Princess Royal Hospital and Diagnostic & Treatment Centre at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
• An Emergency Centre at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Diagnostic and Treatment Centre at Princess Royal Hospital
• Do minimum (existing dual site acute services maintained, provider and commissioner efficiency strategies implemented but no major services change).
Councillor Gerald Dakin who will be chairing the meeting said : "We want to ensure that the Future Fit Programme is fit for purpose and that the health needs of Shropshire residents remain at the heart of any decision making.
"Although the short listing of options is the next step in this journey towards a sustainable health economy for Shropshire, the series of questions we have, I hope, addresses many of the concerns and queries the committee has around the safety, robustness and sustainability of the services through these changes.
"It is also important that the public understand that this is not an immediate solution but that the Future Fit Programme is being approached in a rational and transparent way that will take into consideration the whole of Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Health economy.
Councillor Derek White, co-chair of JHOSC, added:"The NHS has announced the short listed options for the future Fit Programme identifying where the Emergency Care Centre could be located. The NHS has engaged with a wide range of people to develop this short list – but it is important that the public have an opportunity to understand how this short list was developed and what options are not included and why.
"The Joint HOSC will be asking the NHS to explain this and also to answer a range of other questions that we believe are essential for the success of the Future Fit Programme."
Further information about the meeting along with the list of questions can be found here: https://shropshire.gov.uk/committee-services/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=2837&x=1