Councillor C MacGregor
Local councils ceased to attend meetings when Health authorities transferred to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), However The local CCG meetings are, alike Council meetings, held in public where at all possible.
I attended the June Annual general meeting for North Essex CCG and was welcomed as a council representative. The whole of North Essex I Health Economy is undergoing transformation as part of the Sustainability Transformation Partnership (STP) required by Central government and the Integration of care. (Two copies of the Annual report are available for our office reception).
The CCG reported that they had made their required savings for the past year and additionally were able to support extra savings against the national overspend which allowed local services to access capital finding initiatives to support transformation.
Whilst the CCG are to be commended for making savings, we must remember that savings do not necessarily mean front line efficiencies and can mean loss of services which has an impact upon local people.
I will continue to attend meetings and report back relevant issues
Health Service Issues affecting Brightlingsea residents.
The front of Colchester Hospital is currently under refurbishment and residents attending will need to add small amount extra time on their journey to walk from Out Patients entrance to the main reception and Outpatients waiting room. This is planned to be completed by October 2019.
Access by wheelchair was initially quite difficult but the hospital have taken steps to temporarily tarmac the route for a smoother journey.
A freedom of information request has been submitted by myself for information regarding local provision of community Pediatrician services available to residents. As waiting times are reported as high.
Tendring Health and well-being board
I have not yet been able to attend this board and await details of meeting dates.