Calderdale and Kirklees Councils have established a
joint health scrutiny committee (JHSC)
to examine proposals from the Calderdale and the Greater
Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups (the CCGs) for hospital
The formal consultation on the proposals commenced
in March 2016 and was completed in June 2016. In September 2016 the Calderdale and Kirklees JHSC agreed its response to the proposals which
included issuing 19 recommendations.
In October 2016 the Governing Bodies of both CCGs
met to consider the findings from the consultation and agreed to
proceed to developing a Full Business Case (FBC). They also agreed the response to the
The JHSC considered the
CCGs response and identified areas where it was not fully satisfied
with the response. As a consequence, steps were taken to reach
agreement in areas of difference and was supported by an
In July 2017 the JHSC
met to discuss an update on the CCGs response and to determine
information submitted had satisfactorily addressed its
recommendations. The JHSC concluded
that it had serious concerns about elements of the proposals and
exercised its right to refer the matter to the Secretary of State for
The Secretary of State passed the referral to the
Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) and in May 2018 the
Secretary of State wrote to the Joint Chairs of the JHSC setting out his conclusions and included the
advice that he had received from the IRP.
The Secretary of State asked NHS England and NHS
Improvement to work with the local CCGs and the JHSC and to report on progress in implementing the
In September 2018 the JHSC was presented with details of the revised
proposals that had been developed to address the concerns expressed
by the Secretary of State for Health.
The JHSC continues to
monitor and scrutinise the work that is taking place to develop and
progress the revised reconfiguration of hospital services at
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.
Details of the JHSC’s current role and functions can be
found in its revised Terms of Reference.
Calderdale and Kirklees Joint Health Scrutiny Committee Terms of
and further information
link to the JHSC library that contains
other useful documents and information
can be accessed here:
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