OPEN LETTER TO STEWART GEORGE, CHAIRMAN OF THE CHILTERN CLINICAL COMMISSSIONING GROUP (CCCG)
It was good to see Dr Gamell, your Chief Clinical Officer, stressing the importance of good mental health in last weeks Bucks Free Press and explaining what the public, employers and schools could do to improve our mental health.
However, it would be helpful if Dr Gamell could also explain what her own organisation does to improve our mental health.
As you know, I occasionally read the papers for your Governing Body. At the moment these make depressing reading with missed targets on waiting times for ambulances to arrive, in A&E, for operations, and for cancer treatment not to mention the financial problems of some of your providers who run our hospitals.
However, I had been able to find virtually nothing in the papers for meetings of your Governing Body about mental health - even when the scandal involving Southern Health Foundation Trust blew up in the national media. SHFT, as you know, was shown to have consistently failed to investigate the deaths of people with mental health illnesses or people with learning disabilities.
So in February, I asked, as a freedom of information request, how your Governing Body monitors and evaluates the services it commissions on mental health. So far, the CCCG has failed to answer my question.
But perhaps I am wrong. In which case, perhaps you could explain:
- how much the CCCG spends on mental health provision and what proportion this is of its total spend (even approximately)?
- who are the CCCG’s providers for mental health and how much does each provider get?
- when and how does the Governing Body monitor and evaluate this provision?
Health spokesperson for Wycombe Labour