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Labour intervention leads to public scrutiny

A leading Labour councillor has welcomed the success of his intervention which has resulted in getting an important health services decision scrutinised in public by South Gloucestershire’s health committee.

The first meeting of the new Cabinet created by the ruling Conservatives met today and its agenda included a decision on the Better Care Fund. Labour’s lead member on Health Scrutiny, Councillor Ian Scott, criticised its appearance as it had not been considered by the council’s Health Scrutiny Committee beforehand. In response to the criticism, the Cabinet endorsed the report in principle but referred it to Wednesday’s Health Scrutiny Committee for comment.

Ian_Scott.jpgCouncillor Scott says:

“The council has a structure that enables health matters to be discussed with NHS representatives and interested members of the public present. Until I raised my concern, this would not have happened in relation to today’s decision on the Better Care Fund as the scrutiny committee would not have had the opportunity to consider the report.

I am pleased that the Cabinet has made this concession as it would have been a bad move for the first Cabinet meeting to press on regardless. The government’s timetable prevents a proper public consultation on the Better Care Fund and although discussions have taken place with NHS bodies it is right for the council to have this scrutiny in public.”

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