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Health and Social Care Overview and Scutiny Committee

Under the Health & Social Care Act 2001 the Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee is responsible for improving the health of local people, addressing issues around health inequalities and securing continuous improvement of health services and services that impact on health.

Scrutiny committees are the Council's 'watchdogs', examining its decisions and recommendations, as well as monitoring the performance of local services.

Scrutiny committees act as a 'critical friend' to the Council as a whole, taking a close look at how other organisations in the district are providing important services to the people of the district.

The Health and Social Care Overview and Scutiny Committee (HSCOSC) is not a decision making body but it makes recommendations and representations to decision makers, but they are not bound to listen. It does have powers to call people and to get information.

The HSCOSC is also a consultee of the National Health Service and if the NHS is going to make any substantial changes they have to consult with them.

The HSCOSC meets every 3 or 4 weeks and consists of 9 elected councilors who are appointed proportionally based on political seats. All meetings are open to the public. Portfolio holders cannot sit as they are held to account by the scrutiny committee. Councilors are there to represent all citizens not just their wards.

The Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee have now merged to form the Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee. The Health and Wellbeing Forum representative who attends the committee meetings is Sue Crowe.

Feedback reports from the previous Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee can be downloaded below, along with feedback from the newly renamed Health and Social Care Overview and Scutiny Committee (HSCOSC).

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