The Health and Social Care Act 2001 introduced the specific power of health scrutiny for English local authorities with a social service function. This enables local authorities to scrutinise the operation of the health services in its area and make reports and recommendations to NHS bodies.
Typically, the committee undertakes reviews of health issues and considers and responds to inquiries, considers proposals by the NHS to develop or vary services, responds to national consultations. The chairman of the committee is Councillor Roger Huxstep.
The purpose of this document is to agree the arrangements for assessing significant developments or substantial variations in NHS services across the Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth (SHIP) Local Authority areas.