Children's Congenital Cardiac Services Decision
On 4 July, the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts (JCPCT) met in London to make a final decision on the future configuration of children's congenital heart services. The final decision was option b, which did not include Leeds as a specialist surgical centre. Cllr Liz Smaje, Kirklees Council representative on the Regional Joint Health Scrutiny Committee, attended the meeting to hear the decision. The Regional Joint Health Scrutiny Committee will now meet on 24 July to consider its next steps
Posted 11 Jul 2012 12:42:PM
The Regional Joint Health Scrutiny Committee, which is made up of scrutiny councillors from across Yorkshire and the Humber, was set up to look in detail at the review of children’s congenital heart services in England and the proposal to reduce the number of NHS hospitals that provide heart surgery for children. The NHS has a statutory duty to formally consult with scrutiny on proposals that represent a significant variation to local health services.
The Regional Joint Health Scrutiny Committee will be meeting on 24 July 2012 in Leeds Civic Hall to consider the decision in detail and to determine their next steps. This will include consideration of whether there are grounds for the Committee to refer the decision to the Secretary of State.
Where appropriate, an Overview and Scrutiny Committee can make referrals on the following basis:
(i) Where the committee feels the consultation (with the Overview and Scrutiny Committee) was inadequate, in terms of the content of consultation and/or the time allowed;
(ii) Where the committee considers the proposal is not in the interests of the health service in its area.
A copy of the agenda and background papers for this meeting will be available in due course.
For further information on the decision of the JCPCT, please follow this link to view their press release: http://www.specialisedservices.nhs.uk/news/view/110