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We know we're right.

But what about the Councillors?

The Sorry Wirral Road from STP PostTruthus

On 28th November Wirral Scrutiny Committee agreed a statement by majority vote, that:

“elected members have had no opportunity to feed into the development of the STP nor were they given the opportunity to see the plan before it was published on 23 November”

 

Lets look at how that statement stacks up and how one Council Chair behaves...

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CHAPTER 1: What was the Wirral Council Leader doing at the 9th March Health & Wellbeing Board?

 

In his role as Chair, Councillor Phil Davies suggested the focus be on how, as a Board, members could add value to the whole emerging NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan agenda?

 

MInutes of the meeting indicate a clear process:

“The Board discussion included a focus on: How the Wirral Plan and 20 Pledges related to the work of the Board; How the Plan related to the emerging NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan; and How the Board could add value to help deliver more effective and efficient partnership working to achieve our priorities."

 

The Board agreed that a follow up discussion was required to understand and agree, within the Wirral Plan and emerging strategies:- Which strategies were top priorities for the Board; and Which strategies does the Board wish to; Lead; Influence; or be kept informed – included in Figure 1 of the report.

 

To help inform the follow up discussion, the report brought together some supporting information. This aimed to draw out the strategic linkages between the draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the Wirral Plan in order to help partners agree the future focus, priorities and strategic direction for the Board.”

 

BUT...

This doesn't quite tally  with the Wirral Scrutiny Committee statement that:

“elected members have had no opportunity to feed into the development of the STP nor were they given the opportunity to see the plan before it was published on 23 November”?

CHAPTER 2: 13th July Health & Wellbeing Board. Phil Davies in the chair.

 

"Jon Develing, Chief Officer, Wirral CCG presented the report to brief members of the Health and Well Being Board on sustainability and transformation plans for Cheshire and Mersey and how this would be informed by a local delivery services plan for Wirral.......

 

Members welcomed the report and agreed it would be a good framework and focus for the Health and Wellbeing Board with helpful ties to the Wirral 20:20 Plan.

Resolved – That the development of the Healthy Wirral Local Delivery System Plan and the mechanism by which this will feed into the wider development of the Cheshire and Mersey STP be noted and endorsed."

 

BUT AGAIN...

How does this square with the Wirral Scrutiny Committee statement that:

“elected members have had no opportunity to feed into the development of the STP nor were they given the opportunity to see the plan before it was published on 23 November”?

Step 3: 16th November Health & Wellbeing Board.

Phil Davies in the chair.

 

This was the day the the Cheshire and Merseyside STP was officially published. Board papers in- cluded the milestones and timetable for the Sustainability and Transformation Plans and associated operational plan. Apparently glitches on the CCG web site were disrupting fur- ther dissemination. Item 4 on the agenda was the sustainability and transformation plan (STP) and a verbal re- port from Graham Hodkinson, Director for Health & Care.

 

Councillor Davies refused both to take the item and to allow any questions or comments from the audience. You can watch the exchange on YOUTUBE (2 mins in)

Chapter 4: Wirral Globe 21st November, and NHS Defenders are on Cllr Davies' tail...

Leader of Wirral Council Phil Davies says: "we are extremely unhappy that elected members and officers have not been involved in the process of producing STPs and we will not sign up to any of the proposals until we have had an opportunity to discuss the contents of the STP and effective arrangements put in place to engage our residents."

 

To which there is only one possible comment: "LOL As if!"

Chapter 5: Angela Eagle, MP for Wallasey (Wirral) issues a statement:

''Yesterday I sat down with Phil Davies, leader of Wirral Borough Council, to discuss the Tory government's plans for a billion pound in cuts to our local NHS. These cuts threaten the future of acute care across the whole of the Wirral. It became clear very quickly

that the plans are yet another top-down set of cuts and reorganisations, imposed by the arrogant Tory government, on the Wirral, and that neither Phil nor I have had any say on the plans at all. It is wrong for the Government to act in complete defiance and without any consultation with local people, workers and their representatives. Sign our petition today at www.savewirralnhs.com to register your concerns.''

 

Another petition... sigh. Another petition and  just hot air unless she and Cllr Davies guarantee that they will not subscribe to the Plan in any form, will not sign anything off, will refuse absolutely to be a party to any contract, will expect other parties including the CCG to do the same, and will broadcast loudly to their constituents that the plan is a con and will worsen health and care in wirral. Anyone with any political nous or simple human sensibility were aware of the real intent of STPs months ago.

 

So the moral of this tale...

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance! We need to be on our guard when dealing with tricky councillors. Question every statement no matter how good it seems on first hearing, dont take no for an answer and always ask for proof that they are going to do what they say they are going to do.

Dont be fobbed off.

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What was Cllr Phil Davies trying to hide?

 

And maybe now ... we are getting somewhere close to the Wirral Scrutiny Committee statement that:

“elected members have had no opportunity to feed into the development of the STP nor were they given the opportunity to see the plan before it was published on 23 November”?

 

Surely Council Leader Phil Davies has not been obstructing Councillors' democratic participation in the Cheshire and Merseyside STP?