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Date(s) - 23.11.2013


Unite Building


Central Council meetings are open to all members, including members of our affiliated organisations

Apologies: Gavin & Rosemary Ross, Dr Tony Jewell, Mike Young, Mike Grady, Ali Syed, David Pickersgill, Ali Syed, Dr Hannah Cooke, Melanie Johnson, Matthew Prior.

1. Minutes of the meeting held on 21st September in Brighton

Present: Richard Bourne, Martin Rathfelder, Alison Scouller, Mike Roberts, Tony Jewell, Brian Fisher, Doug Naysmith, Dave Gresty, John Lipetz, Paul Dolan, Noemi Fabry, Katrina Murray.

The minutes of the meeting of 8th June  were accepted.

The Editorial Board were thanked and congratulated for their work on the communications strategy.  Agreed the new logo would make a nice badge.  Members were happy with the image of the 1950’s midwife. We would need more material on public health, and stuff useful for local councillors.  Articles should be short if possible. We would need more pictures.  Tony Beddow was reviewing the content of the site.  Agreed that it might take some time to modernise the whole site.

The Director’s report was approved.

It was agreed that a policy conference on personal budgets might be very helpful to foster mutual understanding of the different  points of view on this issue.

The definition of Social Care would be left to others- not an area where we could usefully contribute.  But we might help in discussions of the role of local authorities in health.

If we were to move away from market mechanisms then further exploration of practice in Wales and Scotland might be helpful.

PFI was still a problem, which might helpfully be centralised, rather than poisoning individual health economies.

Alison report on arguments about reconfiguration in Wales, especially in relation to casualty, maternity and neonatal services.  A public meeting was planned.  There was also some discussion of difficulties where patients crossed the English border.

Katrina reported on the situation in Scotland. Not everything would be settled on 18th September 2014. The Scots PFI contracts were coming to an end.  The Health and Social Care Integration Bill was before the Scottish Parliament.  Austerity had led to personalised budgets being cut, and the definition of personal care being eroded.  The Scottish Policy Forum process was about to start, and health inequality was on the agenda.  There was debate about welfare reform.

Agreed we wanted a lot more debate about cross boundary issues and should try again to organise a conference, and to commission articles for the website.

Agreed that we should support the Safe Staffing Alliance.

2. Items arising from the minutes

3. Directors Report

4. Labour Party issues

a) Special Conference 1st March

b) Public Health – ideas for the Health Policy Commission

c)Update on the work of the Independent Commission on Whole Person care

d) European Election Campaign

e) Foundation Trust Chairs Network

5. Campaigning

6. Website

7.  Private Provision and the NHS – discussion paper

8.  Next meeting 18th January.  Date of AGM?

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