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Committee to look at why Harrogate mental health plans were put on hold

North Yorkshire County Council

7:29am 10th November 2017
(Updated 1:29pm 10th November 2017)

A controversial decision not to proceed with plans to replace mental health facilities in Harrogate will be scrutinised.

North Yorkshire County Council's Scrutiny of Health committee and local area committees will look at whether key issues were fully considered when a new in-patient unit to replace the outdated Briary Wing at Harrogate Hospital was put on hold.

The decision was announced back in July, to allow for what the Clinical Commissioning Group said was a thorough review of options for developing adult and older people’s mental health services in the area.

The decision will be reviewed alongside a recent move to relocate in-patient mental health provision in Hambleton, following a motion to the council from Councillor John Blackie and Councillor Geoff Webber.  

County Councillor Michael Harrison, Executive member for adult social care and health integration, said; “These are very important issues and ones that members of this council are already discussing.  We believe taking this debate back to this committee, as well as the area committee, will give it sharper focus and allow the relevant professionals from the NHS bodies to be present, with the relevant councillors, for a full discussion about these very important issues and to be able to give the appropriate response.” 

Link: NHS denies all 50 of Harrogate's mental health beds at risk

County Councillor Carl Les, Leader of the County Council, said: “Our Scrutiny of Health committee has already acknowledged the challenges the NHS faces and the need for change to the way health services are delivered in the county, but have highlighted their concerns about proposed changes and are continuing to press for assurances these will not lead to significant increases in travel times for patients, carers and their loved ones.

“We look forward to the subject coming back to the council, once Scrutiny of Health committee and the relevant area committees have provided a comprehensive view of the important issues the motion raises.”

The next meeting of the Scrutiny of Health Committee is 15th December.

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