Health, housing and adult social services

Health, Housing and Adult Social Services Panel

Townhall.jpgLast night we had a full agenda covering:

  • access to GP services and development of primary care premises
  • practice-based commissioning
  • Decent Homes work on Key Estates
  • Adult Care Services Performance Review April 2006 – September 2006.

We had almost a full panel last night except for Councillor Kumar who had a clash with an Ealing Homes board meeting.

It was a long meeting, lasting three hours, but we covered a lot of ground. For papers follow link.

David Williams from the PCT outlined the PCT’s property strategy. It is all about getting GPs to come together in bigger practices that have additional services. I was a bit concerned about their fixation on “landmark sites”. I am not that keen on gold-plated, architect designed palaces of health. Bigger and fit-for-purpose is fine with me. The talk was long and slightly controversial as we had two Hanger Hill ward councillors, cabinet members both, Barbara Yerolemou and Nigel Sumner, there to back up Twyford residents who were complaining about the lack of GPs surgeries in the north eastern corner of the borough, bordering Brent.

David Williams also presented on practice-based commissioning which is Tory GP fund holding Mark II, bigger and better. From the doctor attending it looks like it will allow GPs to innovate, save money and use the cash to do more. Great. Shame we have lost 9 years of improvement.

Brian Queen, who knows a lot about bid bonds (to find more information on the subject visit and currently runs housing in the borough, outlined how the key estates strategy is changing. Currently we have too many estates designated as “key estates”. If we are not careful we will lose our Decent Homes funding in the next government spending review. A more realistic strategy is to remove some of our 8 key estates from the list and spend the Decent Homes cash now.

Finally a report from Adult Social Services by Mary Umrigar gave some re-assurance that the service is continuing its journey from no star, rock-bottom it hit two years ago. Good news.

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