Update on democratic oversight of local services

Find out the impact of the recent local elections on health and social care.
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Lead councillors for health and adult social care have been voted in following the recent local elections.

Reading Borough Council has also revealed details of new arrangements to work with four other councils to scrutinise health issues at a wider level.

Who's who

  • Lead councillor for adult social care: John Ennis (Labour, Southcote ward), newly stepping into the role after the previous postholder Tony Jones stood down
  • Lead councillor for health, wellbeing and sport: Graeme Hoskin (Labour, Norcot ward) keeps this role and that of chair of the Reading Health and Wellbeing Board
  • Chair of the adult social care, children’s and education (ACE) committee: Sophia James (Labour, Katesgrove ward) newly leads this committee, which holds the council’s health scrutiny function

The Redlands ward seat vacated by Tony Jones after he stepped down from decades as a councillor, was won narrowly by the Green Party. This was the only seat lost by Labour in the 6 May local elections, resulting in a 12-seat majority for the party on the council.

A new Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee

The remit of a new joint health overview and scrutiny committee covering Reading, West Berkshire, Wokingham, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, to be known as the BOB HOSC, was agreed at the council’s annual general meeting on 26 May.

BOB HOSC will allow councils to jointly hold to account and challenge any commissioning decisions made by the NHS Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care System (BOB ICS).

The joint committee, will have 19 members, two of which will be from Reading, 2 from West Berkshire, 2 from Wokingham, 7 from Oxfordshire and 7 from Buckinghamshire. The five local Healthwatch would also be recognised as key stakeholders and be able to present public feedback about services to the committee.

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