Agenda item

Notices of Motion

(a)          Mr G Adamson to move the following motion:

 

“This Council is opposed to the proposals by the Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group to close the Minor Injuries Unit at Cannock Hospital. This Council calls on the Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group to at least maintain the level of services at Cannock Hospital for the residents of Cannock Chase and surrounding areas”.

 

(b)           Mr P E B Atkins to move the following motion:

 

“Staffordshire County Council has a crucial role to play in bringing everyone in Staffordshire together to improve the mental and physical health of all our communities and believes this should be a priority across all the local authority’s functions, from public health, adult social care and children’s services to our roles in housing, planning and public realm and the council will play a positive role in championing mental and public health on an individual and strategic basis”.

Minutes:

(a) Mr Adamson moved, and Ms Mitchell seconded, the following motion:

 

This Council is opposed to the proposals by the Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group to close the Minor Injuries Unit at Cannock Hospital. This Council calls on the Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group to at least maintain the level of services at Cannock Hospital for the residents of Cannock Chase and surrounding areas”

 

Mr Adamson referred to the distressed health economy in Staffordshire and the anticipated overspend by the Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which currently stood at £9.2m.  He explained that the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) was well used and that its closure would be a false economy as local residents would be forced to use the Accident and Emergency Units at Stafford, Walsall and Wolverhampton Hospitals, which were much more expensive to run.  Ms Mitchell spoke in support of the motion and referred to there being insufficient capacity for GPs to provide the support which would be lost as a result of the closure of the MIU as could be evidenced by the difficulty in getting a same day appointment with a GP.

 

Mr Loades indicated that the CCG’s proposals had already been considered by the Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee who had resolved “that the Clinical Commissioning Group be recommended to carry out a 12 week Public Consultation on the proposed closure of Minor Injuries Unit at Cannock Hospital.”   He therefore suggested that Mr Adamson should withdraw his motion.  Mr White indicated that he agreed with Mr Loades that the motion should be withdrawn.  He also explained that the MIU was under-utilised and that many of the patients visiting the unit could have instead been treated by their GP or, in other cases, needed to be referred elsewhere for further examination such as for X-rays. 

 

Following a debate, 15 members rose and called for a named vote, the result of which was as follows:

 

Those Members voting in support of the motion:

 

George Adamson

Margaret Astle

Charlotte Atkins

Ann Beech

Ron Clarke

Maureen Compton

Peter Davis

Derek Davis

Carol Dean

Sandra Hambleton

Ian Hollinshead

Derrick Huckfield

Brian Jenkins

Shelagh McKiernan

Christine Mitchell

 

Mark Olszewski

Sheree Peaple

Trish Rowlands

John Taylor

Diane Todd

Caroline Wood

Susan Woodward

 

 

 

 

Those Members voting against the motion:

 

Ben Adams

Philip Atkins

Len Bloomer

Frank Chapman

Tim Corbett

Mike Davies

Bill Day

Mark Deaville

Janet Eagland

Brian Edwards

Terry Finn

John Francis

 

Bob Fraser

Michael Greatorex

Gill Heath

Keith James

Philip Jones

Mike Lawrence

Ian Lawson

David Loades

Robert Marshall

Geoffrey Martin

Geoff Morrison

Ian Parry

 

Kath Perry

David Smith

Mark Sutton

Stephen Sweeney

Simon Tagg

Martyn Tittley

Alan White

Conor Wileman

David Williams

Mark Winnington

Mike Worthington

 

Abstentions:

 

Chris Cooke

Jeffrey Sheriff

 

RESOLVEDThat the motion be not supported.

 

(b) Mr Atkins moved, and Mr Marshall seconded, the following motion:

 

Staffordshire County Council has a crucial role to play in bringing everyone in Staffordshire together to improve the mental and physical health of all our communities and believes this should be a priority across all the local authority’s functions, from public health, adult social care and children’s services to our roles in housing, planning and public realm and the council will play a positive role in championing mental and public health on an individual and strategic basis”.

 

There then followed a wide ranging debate which, amongst other matters, made reference to the distressed health economy in Staffordshire; the need to secure value for money for every pound spent; the County Council’s role in relation to Public Health; and the way in which the County Council could influence the actions of other stakeholders.

 

Following a vote, the Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

RESOLVEDThat Staffordshire County Council has a crucial role to play in bringing everyone in Staffordshire together to improve the mental and physical health of all our communities and believes this should be a priority across all the local authority’s functions, from public health, adult social care and children’s services to our roles in housing, planning and public realm and the council will play a positive role in championing mental and public health on an individual and strategic basis

 

The Chairman adjourned the meeting until 2:15 pm.

 

Present at 2:15 pm:

 

Ben Adams

George Adamson

Margaret Astle

Charlotte Atkins

Philip Atkins

Ann Beech

Len Bloomer

Frank Chapman

Ron Clarke

Maureen Compton

Chris Cooke

Mike Davies

Peter Davies

William Day

Mark Deaville

Janet Eagland

Brian Edwards

Terry Finn

John Francis

Bob Fraser

Michael Greatorex

Sandra Hambleton

Gill Heath

Ian Hollinshead

Derrick Huckfield

Keith James

Brian Jenkins

Philip Jones

Mike Lawrence

Ian Lawson

David Loades

Robert Marshall

Geoff Martin

Shelagh McKiernan

Christine Mitchell

Geoff Morrison

Mark Olszewski

Ian Parry

Sheree Peaple

Trish Rowlands

Jeffrey Sheriff

David Smith

Mark Sutton

Stephen Sweeney

John Taylor

Martyn Tittley

Diane Todd

Alan White

Conor Wileman

David Williams

Mark Winnington

Caroline Wood Susan Woodward