Chase Community Hospital: HOSC Statement
Monday, 25 March 2013
On Friday 22 March Hampshire County Council's Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) examined the proposals to change services provided from Chase Community Hospital in East Hampshire by the South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Although the decision on the future service provision from Chase Community Hospital lies with the CCG, the CCG is required to seek the views of the HOSC.
Chairman of the HOSC, Councillor Pat West, said: "The HOSC has been examining this issue over the past year. We have previously recommended that the NHS undertakes further engagement with local stakeholders, specifically on the proposed bed-based model of care, in order for the PCT and CCG to better understand local concerns, including the views of local GPs. The November 2012 meeting of the HOSC received the outcomes of this engagement, but determined that more work would need to be carried out around this area before the HOSC could be satisfied the NHS had demonstrated how local community concerns had been met. It was therefore agreed in conjunction with the CCG that the final business case and proposals come back to a future meeting of the HOSC."
As a result of the November meeting a Working Group of the HOSC was set up which scrutinised the proposals put forward by the CCG in further detail. Stakeholders including the CCG, the local County Councillor as the local community representative, the community service provider and Hampshire County Council's Adult Services were questioned by Members of the Working Group to challenge the evidence provided to support the changes.
The findings of the working group were reported to the 22 March meeting of the HOSC. At this meeting the CCG presented the final business case for the future of Chase Community Hospital, including the services intended to be provided from the site, and the CCG's preferred bed-based model of care for the Whitehill and Bordon area. The HOSC also received a number of deputations at this meeting from local people, and heard from the local County Councillor for the division where the Chase Community Hospital is located (Cllr Adam Carew).
Councillor Pat West added: "When considering proposals for substantial service change, the HOSC needs to be satisfied that appropriate engagement has been undertaken in relation to the proposals, and that any changes are in the interests of patients, carers and the healthcare system as a whole. In this case, following lengthy debate, the HOSC made the following recommendation to the CCG:
- There has been appropriate stakeholder engagement in the development of the proposals for Chase Community Hospital
- The changes to service provision are in the best interest of the local population
- The subsequent recommendations made by the Hampshire Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee Chase Working Group are agreed. A further request was made that investigations into x-ray diagnostics be undertaken by the CCG
The HOSC was mindful of the concerns raised by local stakeholders, and therefore requested that the CCG return to the 30 July 2013 meeting in order to provide an update on the progression of the business case, prior to the expected closure of the Chase Community Hospital inpatient beds in September 2013."