Council to scrutinise proposed changes to local healthcare services

Release Date: 16/01/2017

A special committee is to be held so that councillors can scrutinise proposed savings to local healthcare by the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

On Monday 6 February, councillors will come together for a special Health Scrutiny meeting at York House. They will be reviewing the £10.9m savings programme that Richmond CCG has shared with local people, asking for their comments.

The proposals include plans to:

  • Reduce the prescribing of gluten free foods, Vitamin D for maintenance, baby milk and self-care medications.​
  • Reduce the number of IVF cycles offered from one to ‘on an exception only’ basis
  • Help increase patient readiness or fitness for planned operations by supporting patients to stop smoking and/or reduce their weight.

Senior representatives and clinicians from the CCG will attend the meeting to respond to questions from the Committee.

Cllr David Porter, Chairman of the Health Scrutiny Committee, said:

“All public sector organisations are under huge financial pressure at the moment. Similarly to the Council, the CCG have to make significant savings. As a result, they need to make difficult decisions about their services. They are looking at what services they provide and the way they provide them.

“As a Council we have a responsibility to ensure the health and wellbeing of all our residents. We also have a responsibility to scrutinise proposed changes in NHS services.

“This meeting will be a chance for councillors to go through each proposal and publically discuss them with the CCG. We need to understand why each proposal is being made and the clinical risk (if any) for each. Therefore we need to be assured that the savings are being made in the best possible way.”

To see the proposals, please visit Richmond CCG.

The next Scrutiny Meeting to listen to discussions is on Monday 6 February from 7pm at York House, Twickenham.

Updated: 16 January 2017