The meeting had been due to take place on Thursday 13 November 2014. Chairman of the Committee Margaret Evans and Vice-Chairman Dr James Walsh have taken the decision to move the date after discussions with the NHS.
The Musculoskeletal (MSK) services contract was awarded by Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to a new lead provider. HASC reviewed this at its last meeting on Thursday 2 October 2014.
The Committee wanted to see that the impact of the new MSK services on other health services had been fully assessed, including on local trauma services, and agreed the issue should come back to the next HASC meeting.
Margaret said: “The MSK contract is a matter of significant concern to the Committee and to the public. We feel it’s important to enable the Committee to have the correct and most up-to-date information so we can be fully informed about the implications and impact of the new MSK services.
“James Walsh and I understand it is a very complex issue. We met with the CCG and decided it is important to allow them this extra time for contractual negotiations before they report back to the Committee, so we have the most timely information from them.”
By holding the meeting on the planned November date, it would have meant the CCG wouldn’t have been able to provide HASC with the full level of information required on the impact of the new MSK services and how it affects other health services.
Musculoskeletal services deal with a variety of conditions affecting people’s muscles, bones and joints and range from hospital services such as orthopaedic surgery to services provided in the community such as physiotherapy and pain management.
The meeting on Friday 5 December 2014, will start at 11.15am, at County Hall in Chichester. The meeting will also be webcast via the County Council website.