Agenda and draft minutes

South West London & Surrey JHSC sub-committee - Improving Healthcare Together 2020-2030
Thursday, 26th September, 2019 7.30 pm

Venue: Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1EA


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Welcome and introductions


The Chair, Councillor Colin Stears, welcomed those present.


Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Lewer and Critchard, and Councillor McCabe with Councillor Fraser attending as substitute.



Declarations of interest


There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 72 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 4 July 2019.



that the minutes of the meeting held on 4 July 2019 be agreed as an accurate record.


Improving Healthcare Together Programme update

Verbal update from Andrew Demetriades, Programme Director, Improving Health Care Together


Sandra Ash, Keep our St Helier Hospital (KOSHH) addressed the committee at the discretion of the Chair. The main points raised were:


·         The plans being put forward would result in cuts in services, including the reduction of acute services, this would affect the health and wellbeing of people in the area.

·         The proposal should be referred to the Secretary of State.

·         A single centre would increase journey times for patients which would affect survival rates, this is backed by evidence from other areas where similar changes have occurred.

·         Land at the Epsom site was declared surplus and has been sold, as the areas were in use this should have been subject to a consultation process.

·         The sale of the land at the Epsom site did not achieve the profit expected therefore the required re-provision of services resulted in costs.

·         The sale of the land has been detrimental to service provision at the three sites.

·         The CCG has responsibility for long term health care in the area.


The Chair explained that the Improving Health Care Together proposal reported at this stage can not be referred to the Secretary of State at present as the process is not at the formal stage, and does not become so until the proposal reaches the Public Consultation stage. At the Public Consultation stage each borough would have the right to refer to the Secretary of State if they wished. Merton and Sutton have both previously declared they wish to retain the right to refer to the Secretary of State.


The IHT programme team informed Members that the sale of the land at the Epsom site had included areas of both clinical and non clinical services. These services were still being provided either elsewhere within the Trust or through re provisioning and there had been no reduction in services. Any profit from the sale of estate would be used within the Trust.


Members asked if land disposal was required as part of the capital funding for the Improving Health Care Together programme, Matthew Tait, Joint Accountable Officer, Surrey Heartlands Health and Care reassured the Committee that land disposal was not included within the business case for the programme.


The Programme team reported to the Committee that there remained a commitment that three hospitals would be retained, although acknowledged there would be service changes. It was also reported that partners, including primary health care providers had been included in discussions. In addition there would be new STP types of plans in November which would include discussion with partners.


The Chair informed Sandra Ash, KOSHH that she would be able to address the Committee at a future meeting. 


Andrew Demitriades, Programme Director, Improving Health Care Together gave a verbal update. The main points raised were:


·         Regional level assurance had been sought around both financial and non financial issues to ensure the regulator is content.

·         The next stage of the process was to seek national assurance (the process was explained), and to secure capital for any of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.


Improving Healthcare Together Consultation Planning pdf icon PDF 131 KB

The Improving Healthcare Together programme office provides an update on their consultation planning.

Additional documents:


The Chair drew members’ attention to the report.


There were no further questions.




The report be noted.   


Any urgent business

To consider any items which, in the view of the Chair, should be dealt with as a matter of urgency because of special circumstances (in accordance with S100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972).


There was no urgent business.


Date of next meeting

To be confirmed.