Health Scrutiny in Dacorum
Wednesday, 1st March, 2017 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, The Forum. View directions

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To confirm the minutes from the previous meeting


Better Care Quality Commission (CQC) Report - Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust Press Release pdf icon PDF 84 KB

In relation to the inspection carried out by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) last September West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust issued the attached Press Release.


The release was accompanied by the following comments:


“The Trust’s overall rating has improved from ‘inadequate’ to ‘requires improvement’. Next stop is ‘good’!

The attached release is quite comprehensive, but here are some key facts:-

·         Two areas made a significant improvement by moving up two ratings from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’ - maternity & gynaecology and critical care.

·         Inspectors commended the trust’s children’s emergency department, the treatment of patients with hip fractures and the hard work of the trust’s estate team in keeping the hospital’s estate as safe and clean as possible and contributing to low infection rates.

·         Urgent and emergency care at Watford General Hospital was rated ‘inadequate’ for a second year running.

·         We were commended for our low mortality rates and our stroke care.

·         At Hemel Hempstead, there was a mixed picture related to more services (14) being reviewed, compared to eight in 2015. The overall rating has moved from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘inadequate’, despite outpatients & diagnostic services improving one rating to ‘good’.

·         Inspectors were concerned by the high number of inpatients who are well enough to leave hospital but are waiting for arrangements to be put into place for their return home or to a nursing or residential care setting. They observed that this limited the flow of patients through the trust.

·         At St Albans City Hospital the overall rating had moved up from ‘inadequate’ to ‘requires improvement’ but for the minor injuries unit the rating was down from ‘good’ to ‘requires improvement’.

·         Inspectors praised progress with recruitment and also noted the percentage of savings made in 2015/16 – these are areas where the trust is bucking the national trend.”


Detailed reports are available from the CQC’s website



Apologies for absence

To receive any apologies for absence


Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest


A member with a disclosable pecuniary interest or a personal interest in a matter who attends a meeting of the authority at which the matter is considered -


(i)            must disclose the interest at the start of the meeting or when the interest becomes apparent


and, if the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest, or a personal interest which is also prejudicial


(ii)           may not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter (and must withdraw to the public seating area) unless they have been granted a dispensation.


A member who discloses at a meeting a disclosable pecuniary interest which is not registered in the Members’ Register of Interests, or is not the subject of a pending notification, must notify the Monitoring Officer of the interest within 28 days of the disclosure.


Disclosable pecuniary interests, personal and prejudicial interests are defined in Part 2 of the Code of Conduct For Members


[If a member is in any doubt as to whether they have an interest which should be declared they should seek the advice of the Monitoring Officer before the start of the meeting]



Public Participation

An opportunity for members of the public to make statements or ask questions in accordance with the rules as to public participation


Ward Issues from Other Councillors

Councillors are invited to raise any issues from within their Ward


Opening Hours of the Hemel Hempstead Urgent Care Centre,

To consider the implications of recent changes to the opening hours of the Hemel Hempstead Urgent Care Centre,


West Herts Hospitals Trust - Acute Transformation - Strategic Outline Case pdf icon PDF 337 KB


West Herts Hospitals Trust - Acute Transformation - Strategic Outline Case


An opportunity for the committee to discuss the document and then formulate a response.



Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Update

To provide Members with an update since the last meeting held on Wednesday 7 December 2016.


Hertfordshire County Council Health Localism/Health Wellbeing Board Update

Councillor W Wyatt-Lowe to provide Members with an update since the last meeting.


DBC Representative on Hertfordshire County Council Health Scrutiny Committee Report


Report of the Dacorum Representative on the HCC Health Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 46 KB


Health in Dacorum Committee - Work Programme

To agree a work programme for the Health in Dacorum Committee 2017-18