Lib Dem dismay at heartless Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group still not listening to families

May 11, 2018 9:05 AM

Cllr Mark Watkin with concerned parentsLib Dem spokesperson County Councillor Mark Watkin expressed his dismay at the decision to severly cut funding for the provision of an ongoing service beyond August at Nascot Lawn without reviewing needs of the families. "During the meeting a number of the Board members expressed their sympathy for the plight of these children, yet when the moment came for them to support these words with action, they remained mute. It was shameful! They have been warned by the County Council's Health Scrutiny Committee that if they don't improve their engagement with parents, their decision will be referred to the Secretary of State. It looks like they have a long way to go."

The Board of the Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group, attended by 10 parents and County Councillor Mark Watkin, Lib Dem spokesperson for Children's Services, met today. It agreed the recommendation of its Finance Committee to cease their £600k funding of Nascot Lawn from November 2018 and instead provide an annual £100k towards the provision of the remaining service. However during the meeting the transition plans provided to the Board did not match the actual situation of the families. It became very apparent that there has been a failure to engage properly with families over their transition plans. In spite of this, the Board which is comprised of GPs, and lay people, unanimously accepted the Finance Committee's recommendations without a single person proposing any form of wording highlighting the need for improvement in the Group's engagement approach.