Healthwatch Derbyshire awaits the final decision regarding cuts to the voluntary sector which is to be announced in public at the Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Governing Body meeting on Thursday 27th September 2018.
Following this meeting, Chris Clayton head of the Derbyshire CCGs is due to appear before the Derbyshire County Council Health Improvement and Scrutiny Committee for a third time on the 1st October 2018 where he will be asked to give a further update on the decisions that have been made with regards to the financial recovery plan.
The Health Improvement and Scrutiny Committee has the option of referring their concerns to the Secretary of State for Health for review, so we await their decision on the 1st October.
The Derbyshire CCGs have acknowledged they need to do more to involve patients and members of the public in their future plans and have invited Healthwatch Derbyshire to be part of this process, which we welcome. We have already started discussions with the CCG and will keep you all updated on the opportunities for involvement.
With a further deficit forecast for the next financial year, it is vital that there is a more open and transparent engagement plan, in which people are given a genuine opportunity to influence future commissioning decisions.
See below a letter sent to Dr Chris Clayton Clayton, Derbyshire CCG Lead, by Cllr David Taylor following the meeting of the Health Scrutiny Committee on 10 September.
DCC Health Scrutiny Letter to Chris Clayton