Health Committee Ignore Questions on Consultation on Removal of Step-Down Beds

The removal of the step-down hospital beds in December at Chiltern Court Care home by the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire & West Berkshire Integrated Care Board (BOB ICB) without consultation was questioned by Henley’s County Councillor, Stefan Gawrysiak at an Extra Meeting of the Oxfordshire Joint Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee last week.

The Committee did not address the questions or motion that Councillor Gawrysiak had put forward, instead they went on to discuss how well the Discharge to Assess (D2A) scheme which was launched in November is working that supports people’s recovery after leaving hospital in their own home.

In 2015, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group agreed to commission 7 step down beds to re-provide the beds that were lost from the old Townlands Hospital’s Peppard Ward.

Stefan spoke to the Committee, stating that there was no consultation on the decision and this was required as beds were originally commissioned by the NHS.  He said, “I have compelling evidence that these were permanent beds and they cannot be removed without consultation.  If the status changed when OCC took over the commissioning I cannot find any consultation in any meeting minutes or agendas.  There are no beds in South Oxfordshire.”  He asked the Committee to pass a motion that would reinstate the beds and that a full consultation take place.

Janet Waters, Chair of Bell Surgery, Patient Participation Group and Robert Aitkin, Bix Parish Councillor also spoke about the lack of the consultation and the need for step-down beds in Henley at the meeting.

After the meeting Stefan said, “Daniel Leveson, Place Director for Oxfordshire stated at the meeting that these Chiltern Court beds were never NHS beds which require consultation. This is wrong. They were NHS beds from 2015-2021 and cannot be removed without consultation. The main point is that we have frail elderly patients being placed in care homes in Faringdon which is miles and miles away from Henley. I was so disappointed in the meeting so I will be irritating and continue to make statements and ask questions. I will be persistent.”


1 comment
  1. Watcher says:

    Not only were they NHS -funded beds, but someone might like to look into whether CC were refusing to take NHS patients and that the reason for this is because they had put fee paying private residents in them. If true, is this scandalous double-dipping at taxpayers expense?


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