The last Health overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting was interesting,as we scrutinised the care quality accounts for organisations as CLCH, BCF hospitals, Royal Free and the Mental Health Trust.
There are a number of issues that we picked up and questions representatives on. There was some concern about the performance of the Mental Health Trust, but there are clear plans in place to rectify the issues raised. I was pleased to see the care quality commission had no issues or concerns with Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals.
There were some small issues at the Royal Free, such as drug storage, which they have almost immediately managed to mitigate or rectify. We were very annoyed as a committee that we were given so few time to put in our submissions to the Royal Free. This is not a good way to start, given the acquisition of BCF.
We have also raised concerns about maternity services, and transport issues to Finchley Memorial, and the lack of any bus route from Barnet to Chase Farm. These will be pursued in time.