Agenda and minutes

Council (SMDC) - Wednesday, 6th September, 2017 6.30 pm

Venue: The Council Chamber, Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek. View directions

Contact: Linden Vernon 01538 395613  Email: linden.vernon@staffsmoorlands.gov.uk

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13.

Declarations of interest

1.    Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

2.    Other Interests

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The following declarations were made:

 

Agenda Item

Members Declaring Interest

Nature of Interest

Item 3. (a)

 

Cllr. Redfern

Works for North Staffordshire Health Authority

Item 3. (a)

 

Cllr. P.  Wood

Daughter works for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership Trust

Item 3. (a)

 

Cllr. N. Podmore

Wife works for Hospital Trust

Item 3. (a)

 

Cllr. Deaville

Daughter works for Hospital Trust

 

14.

Notices of Motion in accordance with Procedure Rule No. 8.

(a)       Councillor S. Ralphs MBE

 

“Because of the shambolic way in which the consultation over the closure of the community beds at Leek Moorlands hospital is being conducted, this Council calls for a vote of no confidence in the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group).”

 

(b)       Councillor S. Ralphs MBE

 

“That this Council undertakes to work with Staffordshire County Council to reduce the number of journeys, rather than abolish entirely, the 'bus service in the rural areas.”

 

(c)        Councillor L. Malyon

 

“I would like to ask that this council send a strong message to the County Council and ask, that they do not take the subsidised monies away from the rural bus services in March, the reason why is as follows. People reply on the bus service to access their school, college, dentist, doctor, opticians, chiropodist, hairdressers, seeing grandchildren, visiting families and friends, nursing homes, grocery shopping. Many people in the rural areas need this service as they can no longer drive and the bus service is their only way of getting into town, many will be isolated and alone if these service are cut. Also how can we as a council put a sustainable LDF plan when there will be no bus services to the village.”

 

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Minutes:

(a)       Councillor S. Ralphs MBE

 

NM:     “Because of the shambolic way in which the consultation over the closure of the community beds at Leek Moorlands hospital is being conducted, this Council calls for a vote of no confidence in the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group).”

 

The Council considered a motion of no confidence in North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group with regards to the way in which the consultation over the closure of the community beds at Leek Moorlands Hospital was being conducted.  This followed the implementation of the Discharge to Assess system which had subsequently led to the closure of a ward at the hospital and raised great concern amongst the local community with regards to the future viability of the remaining ward and services available at the hospital.  Members considered the motion in considerable depth.  This included the quality of communication with local residents, the capacity for care to be delivered in patients’ homes, the need to retain beds for rehabilitation and dementia care, and the inaccessibility of health services located outside of the Staffordshire Moorlands.

 

As an AMENDMENT it was PROPOSED and SECONDED that this Council also supports the principle of retaining the existing services at Leek Moorlands Hospital including a number of community beds, the Minor Injuries Unit together with the utilisation of the Cottage and Saddler wards for the development of a centre of excellence in the area of dementia care.

 

As a further AMENDMENT it was PROPOSED and SECONDED that the Authority also writes to the Secretary of State for Health to ask that he intervenes in this situation.

 

On being put to the vote, the AMENDMENTS were declared CARRIED.

 

RESOLVED -    That this Council, because of the shambolic way in which the consultation over the closure of the community beds at Leek Moorlands Hospital is being conducted, calls for a vote of no confidence in the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group).  In addition this Council supports the principle of retaining the existing services at Leek Moorlands Hospital including a number of community beds, the Minor Injuries Unit together with the utilisation of the Cottage and Saddler wards for the development of a centre of excellence in the area of dementia care.  Further, given the resolution reached that the Authority writes to the Secretary of State for Health to ask that he intervenes in this situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(b)       Councillor S. Ralphs MBE

 

NM      “That this Council undertakes to work with Staffordshire County Council to reduce the number of journeys, rather than abolish entirely, the 'bus service in the rural areas.”

 

(c)        Councillor L. Malyon

 

NM      “I would like to ask that this council send a strong message to the County Council and ask, that they do not take the subsidised monies away from the rural bus services in March, the reason why is as follows. People reply on the bus service to access their school, college, dentist, doctor, opticians, chiropodist, hairdressers, seeing grandchildren, visiting families and friends, nursing homes, grocery shopping. Many people in the rural  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.