Agenda and draft minutes

Special, Adults and Health Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 7th November, 2019 9.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Catmose

Contact: Joanna Morley  01572 758271

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In accordance with the Regulations, Members are invited to declare any personal or prejudicial interests they may have and the nature of those interests in respect of items on this Agenda and/or indicate if Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.



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To receive any petitions, deputations and questions received from Members of the Public in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 216.


The total time allowed for this item shall be 30 minutes.  Petitions, declarations and questions shall be dealt with in the order in which they are received.  Questions may also be submitted at short notice by giving a written copy to the Committee Administrator 15 minutes before the start of the meeting.


The total time allowed for questions at short notice is 15 minutes out of the total time of 30 minutes.  Any petitions, deputations and questions that have been submitted with prior formal notice will take precedence over questions submitted at short notice.  Any questions that are not considered within the time limit shall receive a written response after the meeting and be the subject of a report to the next meeting.


The Chair reported that a deputation had been received in accordance with the procedure rules set out in the Constitution.


Ms Kathy Reynolds, spoke on behalf of Manton residents listed on her request:


“We are concerned that scrutiny of this Corporate Plan has come to our attention at such short notice it could not be formally discussed by our Parish Council.   We also question if this is a Corporate Plan, as it looks like a Strategic Plan, it tells us what the Council intends to do, we would expect a Plan to explain how the strategy will be implemented laying out such things as costs, timing with key milestones, risks and mitigations etc. From the report introducing the Corporate Plan by the Chief Executive Of?cer in Paragraph 3 “Consultation”, we learn that so far this report has been formulated, consulted upon and endorsed only within the 5 councillor cabinet assisted by the Strategic Management Team.  Paragraph 10 “Conclusion and Summary” in item 10.1 we are told that adoption of the plan will be on the 11th November does this mean that there is no room to reject the plan or even send it back for modi?cation? And unlike previous Corporate Plans it is not being consulted upon. Now let's take a closer look at the corporate plan for health. Strategic Aim 2.5 gives a single strategic aim for health “work with partners to enhance healthcare within our community”.  Moving to look at strategic objectives we note that there are six strategic objectives within objective 2.5. All of the objectives are general and lack focus, more importantly all are dependent on progress made by others that cannot be controlled by the council, meaning these objectives are no more than a Wish List. Unless Rutland County Council has already agreed to participate in an Integrated Care System (where NHS organisations, in partnership with local councils and others, take collective responsibility for managing resources, delivering NHS standards, and improving the health of the population they serve) it is not clear how RCC will work to deliver any of these healthcare strategic objectives. This is further underlined when we look at the Performance Targets and how success will be measured which surprisingly are limited to 2019/20, there is not one performance target for strategic objectives 2.5 covering healthcare. Is that because it is currently not in council’s gift to deliver any target for healthcare and unless the intention is to form part of an Integrated Care System they cannot deliver the healthcare objectives set out. We hope that discussion at Scrutiny will provide more information and reduce our concerns”.


The Chair invited Dr Janet Underwood (Chair of Healthwatch Rutland) to ask the question that had been submitted:



In reference to page 17, section 2.5, 2nd point


·         By March 2021: Work with health partners to resolve issues around GP practice capacity.

Healthwatch Rutland carried out a public engagement exercise asking people about their experiences of NHS services and their hopes and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 256.



To consider any questions with notice from Members received in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule No 218 and No 218A.


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Members to consider the Corporate Plan that was agreed by Cabinet on the 14th October 2019 (as attached) and make comments/recommendations to Council.


Additional documents:


The Chair of the Committee noted that the recommendation of the report was for the Adults and Health Scrutiny Committee to note the contents of the Rutland County Council Corporate Plan 2019-2024 and make recommendations to Council on the 11th November 2019.


It was noted that due to the entering the pre-election period, the Council meeting on the 11th November 2019 had been cancelled.



In response to questions asked, it was noted that there were instances of GP practices supporting people with issues not directly related to medical conditions and efforts were being made to address this to provide a joint team who would be able to free up GP appointments.


A request was made that all acronyms in the Corporate Plan be explained and expanded on to ensure clarity


A suggestion was made for a minor and inexpensive publicity campaign be considered in order to encourage residents to use their GP services in a sensible manner to reduce the number of people who were visiting their doctors with non-medical conditions.


The Portfolio Holder for Safeguarding – Adults, Public Health, Health Commissioning & Community Safety stated that the Oakham Medical Practice had remained static at 16,100 for the last five and noted that this was during a time when there had been increase in the number of residents in the County.


The Committee were informed that due to the Governments ongoing Adult social care review and Green Paper there was a lack of information and direction from Government. 




That the Adults and Health Scrutiny Committee noted the contents of the Rutland County Council Corporate Plan 2019-2024 and would make recommendations to Council in the future.