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SUPPORT STAFFORD HOSPITAL COMMITTEE VACANCIES

SUPPORT STAFFORD HOSPITAL COMMITTEE VACANCIES  There are THREE vacant posts on the SSH committee – two are replacements and one is a new Officer post.

Open Air Prayer Service At Camp #OccupySSH

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Nurse Recruitment Day At Stafford Hospital

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Stafford Hospital Campaigners Call For Jeremy Hunt Meeting

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Protest Camp Issue Open Invitation To Jeremy Hunt

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Call To Take To The Streets

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Minutes Of SSH Committee Meeting – 20/10/14

Minute taken at the meeting of the Support Stafford Hospital Committee on October 20th 2014

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Minutes Of SSH Committee Meeting – 6/10/14

Minutes taken at the meeting of the Support Stafford Hospital Committee on 6th October 2014

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Minutes Of SSH Committee Meeting – 22/9/14

Minutes from the meeting of the Support Stafford Hospital Committee held on September 22nd 2014

1. Attendance 

Present: Chris Baron, Jane Cannell, James Cantrill, Ann Edgeller, Gail Gregory, Cheryl Porter, Graham Powell, Diana Smith

Apologies: Jack Kemp, Trish Rowlands, Mike Heenan

Absent:

In attendance: Paul Wilson, Rich Duffy, Karen Howells. Simon Reeves (arrived later)

 

2. Declaration of Interest in any matter on the agenda     

Jane Cannell declared the same interest as before – namely that she had contributed to a CCG committee on Out Of Hours Best Practice, having had experience as a Practice Manager. She thought this was just a one-off meeting.

 

Chris Baron introduced discussion about Diana’s position, following the CCG AGM, the general thrust being that that meeting signified a new low in our relations with the CCG and there seemed little room for compromise. It was hard to see how one could belong to both organisations – regretfully.

 

A wide-ranging discussion followed. It was noted that there was no personal animosity in this, but recognition that Diana’s position was highly delicate. The views were expressed that:

  • to ask her to step down might be used negatively against SSH;
  • that it was desirable to engage in dialogue with the CCG but they were not listening, so any “dialogue” was in fact a sham;
  • that we might let matters run a little longer and decide later whether dual membership was incompatible;
  • that the imminent threat to maternity and PAU made matters urgent.
  • Diana also said that she thought the CCG had felt themselves to be intimidated by the march at the AGM and that SSH had been held in high esteem but was now less so. The reasons for this were not explored as discussion moved on.

 

After further discussion, the matter was put to the vote. By a majority decision, it was agreed that Diana be asked to leave the committee because of an irreconcilable conflict of interest. This she did.

 

After she had left, discussion continued about why the reputation of SSH might have suffered a decline, if indeed it has. It was felt that political comments on the Facebook page, either in posts or poems etc, or personal attacks upon CCG members did little to enhance our reputation. Perhaps there should be a request to members to refrain from this because it does not help our cause, though it does vent feelings. No firm decision was taken.

3. Minutes

These were approved as an accurate record and signed accordingly.

NB

We omitted to ask whether any member thought there were any sensitive matters in the minutes which might need to be removed before minutes were made public in the usual way. However, later email contact determined that members were happy for them to go out as they were. This point will feature on future agendas as a memory jogger.

4. Matters arising & Action agreed at the last meeting     

All potential matters arising were on the agenda already so left until they appeared.

Actions agreed were discussed:

  • Cheryl is still happy to attend such meetings of the Reference Group as she can. James will also attend when possible.
  • A representative from the Support Stafford group had been requested by the Healthwatch Health Inequalities committee. After discussion it was resolved to ask Karen Howell if she would undertake this role, since it was a specialist task requiring detailed knowledge of health impacts which she has. She has also done a lot of work on this already. She accepted.
  • Regular meetings with Reference Group and SSH. It was decided to await a request from the group when they had formalised their working arrangements; at present they are still at an early stage of development. Cheryl, Karen and James will keep a watching brief on developments and let us know when greater involvement is sought/appropriate.
  • Letters to 4 local MPs. Gail had now received the relevant information, letters had been drafted, one or two minor amendments to make then they would be emailed for speed.
  • Julian is investigating costs of further printing and information should be available next time we meet
  • Gail to recontact those written to if no responses forthcoming soon.

Reports (if available and relevant):

Treasurer           No change since last time. Graham to visit Jack Kemp for his signature in order to progress the change of bank details.

Membership      This post to be advertised once the Constitution is finalised.

Occupy             Still growing and being well-supported

Shop                Interest still being seen, donations coming in and petition being signed.

 

5. Constitution – formal adoption and signing – Gail/Jane

There was discussion about the maximum number of committee members, all other matters having been exhaustively discussed last time. Eventually it was agreed to set 16 as the upper limit. Jane then signed the document and it will be forwarded to Lee to be shared with members.

 

There are now two vacancies on the committee to be replaced, due to Karen and Diana leaving. There is also a new post of Membership Secretary to be filled, this last to create and manage the membership database, arrange collection of any voluntary membership donations and encourage new members to join.

 

In accordance with the newly-adopted Constitution, Gail to draft an “advertisement” which should appear on the website for 28 days and also in the shop for the same period, then committee will consider applications and decide who will fill these places.

 

6. Future SSH representation at Engaging Communities/Healthwatch meetings – Cheryl

This had been covered under Matters Arising

 

7. CCG AGM and any issues arising

There was much discussion about this meeting, which now appears on Youtube. Issues included:

  • Inadequate paperwork lacking all detail, not in keeping with AGM procedure we are familiar with elsewhere. Was this actually legal? Certainly not good practice. It was suggested that anyone who had requested paperwork contact them again to ask for more detailed papers.
  • Woeful attitude of condescension from CCG
  • Time wasting and attempt to stifle questions by insisting on financial questions for such a long time
  • Conflicting views – Andrew Donald report said cancer care was good this year but the Cancer and End of Life tender still going ahead?
  • Genuine questions of concern from audience but none of them really answered.
  • Evident that the CCG have, at the very least, failed in their communication strategy because their “electorate” is not onboard with their plans and does not seem to believe what they say lies behind their actions.
  • A feeling that it was pointless trying to negotiate with them because they talk a good talk but do not listen.

8. Consideration of whether we should alternate meeting days

 

 

A request had been made to consider alternating the day on which committee met, as had once been the practice. After discussion, it was agreed that Monday seemed better for most people and so it would remain the same. However, it was decided that 4.00 was too early to meet and so the original time of 4.30 was retained.

 

9. Questions from members of the public

Karen mentioned that dementia, previously thought to be a scourge of old age which was going to make care of the elderly a major challenge in the future, was now thought to be subject to improved treatments and thus of less threat. We hope that is so. We need to be aware that future planning documents  should reflect this change of clinical attitude. This also means that the TSA plans for the future of Mid Staffs may be out of date very soon.

 

Paul had heard a rumour that Ward 11 had reopened yesterday. Karen was able to confirm that this was so, in response to a massive shortfall of beds across all hospitals in the area – from UHNS to Heartlands. This means that the capacity for transfer is not there and so the movement of acute services should not take place. There was discussion around whether Escalation Management System data, to which Karen has access, can be used as part of an injunction. Discussions with other interested parties will continue.

 

NB

It would assist the Secretary greatly if anyone asking a question had a copy of it to hand in, for the sake of accurate minuting!

 

10.Any Other Business

The meeting was informed that Andy Donald has been given the responsibility of designing the new maternity arrangements.

 

There was some discussion about comments he had allegedly made at County Council Health Scrutiny about a changed attitude to the Cancer and End of Life tender – subsequent investigation seems to indicate no change of position

 

It was noted that at the scrutiny meeting, North Staffs CCG were proposing to reduce the number of hearing aids given out because “they do not make any difference to quality of life”. This statement had been roundly rejected by members of the County Council and North Staffs CCG was threatened with being reported to the Secretary of State if it went ahead with these plans. Members noted that the same County Council had apparently nothing to say to the SoS about our own CCG enabling the destruction of our hospital.

 

11. Date and Time of next meeting

6th October 4.30

 

Meeting Closed 6.55pm

 

 

 

CONSTITUTION

Support Stafford Hospital Constitution

           

NAME

The name of the Group is ‘Support Stafford Hospital’.

             1.PRELIMINARY

In these rules:-

 

  1. The expression ‘the Group’ means the association constituted by these rules.
  2. The expression ‘SSH’ means ‘Support Stafford Hospital’.
  3. The expression ‘the Committee’ means the committee for the time being constituted by these rules.

 

 

  1. OBJECTS AND POWERS

 

The Object of the Group shall be

 

  1. to campaign for good health provision that meets the needs of the people of Stafford Borough
  2. to co-operate with and support other organisations, groups or persons with similar aims in so far as these concern or affect the healthcare of Stafford Borough residents
  3. to inform and educate the public about the implications of any proposed changes to healthcare provision in Stafford Borough
  4. to engage with those individuals and bodies responsible for the commissioning and oversight of healthcare services within the Borough and surrounds.
  5. to hold meetings, raise funds and to invite and receive contributions from any person, persons or organisation whatsoever by way of subscriptions, donations or otherwise, in order to further the work of the Group
  6. to take and accept gifts of property for the benefit of the Group and to do all such things as are from time to time necessary for the attainment of the above Objects.
  7. The group recognises the need to work with political parties and groups in order to achieve its objectives but the group itself shall be apolitical. It shall not speak for, nor endorse, candidates from any political party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. MEMBERSHIP

 

  1. Any person living within the catchment area of Stafford and Surrounds CCG is eligible to apply for membership.
  2. Any person who expresses a wish to become a member of SSH shall subscribe to these rules.
  3. Such other persons as the Committee shall admit to Membership shall be members of the Group and shall also subscribe to the rules.
  4. A register of members’ names shall be kept.
  5. A member shall not have the right to vote at the AGM unless their name appears on the register of members.
  6. Members shall be invited to make a voluntary contribution of £1 per person per annum.
  7. Any member of the Public may attend a committee meeting as an observer and put questions as scheduled on the agenda.

 

 

  1. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) AND EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETINGS (EGM)

 

  1. The AGM must be held every year, the first to be held 12 months from the formal adoption of this Constitution.
  2. At least 28 days’ notice of the Meeting shall be given in the Local Paper (Stafford Newsletter) and also in the group’s website www.supportstaffordhospital.co.uk
  3. Minutes of the AGM shall be kept.
  4. At the AGM each member shall have one vote on each resolution, consistent with 3e above.
  5. Voting shall be by show of hands of those present.
  6. Extraordinary General Meetings (EGM) shall be called at the discretion of the Committee or, if requested in writing to the Secretary, by not less than 12 members. Notice of an EGM shall be the same as for the AGM.
  7. At least 15 members shall constitute a quorum at an EGM or AGM.

 

 

  1. OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE

 

  1. There shall be a Committee and the business of the Society shall be conducted by the Committee who shall exercise all the Powers of the Society except where these Rules require them to be exercised at a General Meeting.
  2. The Rules for the conduct of the business of the Committee shall be determined by the Committee.
  3. The Committee shall consist of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership Secretary and at least two other persons. The Committee may also invite other members to join the Committee to consist in total up to a maximum of 16.
  4. The Committee shall meet as necessary and 6 members shall constitute a quorum.
  5. The officers of the Society and other members of the Committee shall be elected at the AGM.
  6. Nominations from members for Officers and members of the Committee shall be in the hands of the Secretary at least seven days before the date of the AGM.
  7. Officer posts which fall vacant, or are created, between AGMs shall be advertised via the website with 28 days’ notice and also advertised on the market stall (for as long as the stall is in existence). The committee will consider the applications and select the successful candidate by show of hands on a simple majority basis. The post thus filled will then come up for re-election at the next AGM in the normal way.

 

 

  1. ACCOUNTS

 

A Statement of Accounts and a report of the activities of the Society shall be laid before the AGM.

 

 

 

 

  1. PROPERTY

 

  1. The monies and property of the Group shall be held by and vested in such persons as the Committee shall from time to time determine.
  2. Cheques drawn by and on behalf of the Group shall be signed in accordance with the Society’s bank mandate and such authorised signatories shall be nominated by the Committee.
  3. There shall be between 2 and 6 authorised signatories, with one being the Treasurer. The treasurer shall normally be one signatory on any cheque
  4. Cheques up to £500 in value shall be signed by 2 authorised signatories and of values above that level by 3 authorised signatories.
  5. Expenditure over £500 shall only be incurred when the Committee has approved such expenditure.

 

  1. ALTERATION OF CONSTITUTION

 

The Group may, by a majority of not less than two thirds of the members present at a General Meeting, alter the Constitution, provided at least 28 days’ notice has been given as in 4b.

 

 

  1. INFORMALITIES

 

No action or decision of the Committee shall be invalidated by reason only of informality or neglect in any service of notice or in any matter of procedure, unless in the opinion of the Committee such informality or neglect has resulted in a situation that is unjust.

 

 

  1. PROVISION FOR DISSOLUTION

 

  1. The Group shall be dissolved by a resolution passed by a simple majority at an AGM or EGM.
  2. Surplus assets remaining after the payment of outstanding debts or liabilities, if any, shall be passed to a local charitable organisation or organisations agreed by committee members to be broadly in keeping with the aims and objectives of SSH.

 

 

 

  1. FOUNDING MEMBERS

 

This Constitution was adopted on the date below by members of the Committee, who will retain their posts until the AGM is held within one year of this date.

 

 

 

 

Signed (Jane Cannell)                           Chair of Support Stafford Hospital Committee

 

 

Date     22nd September 2014

Minutes of SSH Committee Meeting – 8th September 2014

Minutes of the Committee Meeting held on 8th September at the Civic Centre Craddock Room at 4.30pm.

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SUPPORT STAFFORD HOSPITAL COMMITTEE VACANCIES

SUPPORT STAFFORD HOSPITAL COMMITTEE

VACANCIES

 There are THREE vacant posts on the SSH committee – two are replacements and one is a new Officer post.

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Open Air Prayer Service At Camp #OccupySSH

The protest camp was joined at the weekend by fellow campaigners and people from a local parish church for an open air prayer service

Read more

Nurse Recruitment Day At Stafford Hospital

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Read more

Stafford Hospital Campaigner To Contest In Election

A STAFFORD Hospital campaigner has announced she’s contesting the town seat in next year’s general election.

Karen Howell will stand for the National Health Action Party in a bid to counter what she calls “lies and deceit”.

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Dozens Quit Amid Hospital Staff Crisis

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