Carers aren’t available to look after people in their homes, a Sidmouth GP told Devon County Council’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee on Thursday (25 January).
So concerned at the unavailability of care in people’s homes - the service designed to replace community hospital beds, Dr Mike Slot travelled to County Hall to share his concerns with the health scrutiny committee.
After he had finished his submission I tried to ask a question, but was prevented from doing so by the chair and scrutiny clerk, who informed me that it was against the rules for councillors to ask questions of public speakers! This was the first I knew of it since my proposal to bring in public speaking to scrutiny was agreed two years ago.
The Head of Social Care and the committee chair both intimated that Dr Slot’s view may be an isolated one…. I am less convinced.
At the end of the meeting in the work programme I successfully proposed a spotlight review to investigate Dr Slot’s concerns fully.
Another member of the public was told she was not able to speak to the committee because she missed the deadline, despite there being slots available.
I have since contacted the officer presiding over the Procedures Committee (which I am a member of) to get the rules reviewed. They will now be debated at the the April committee.
I asked Dr Slot for a copy of his speech, which is below.