Notes of Officers Meeting :Tuesday 10th June 2014
- Notes of last meeting were agreed
- Noted: the suggested meeting with Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith had not yet been arranged – action : secretary to chase.
- b) Launch of 10 Steps: the launch had gone well, with good support
from Labour AMs. Mike Hedges help in arranging it was
welcomed, as was the interest and attendance of Mark Drakeford.
Interest had also been shown by the Welsh RCGP and this was
being followed up.
- National Council report back
The Chair reported on the 7th June Central Council. The main
business was to agree the SHA’ s amendments to the draft Labour
manifesto and changes proposed by Welsh delegates were accepted to
ensure an incoming Labour Government repealed the 2012 Act, scrapped
the internal market, restored the duty on the S of S to provide a service,
and returned the NHS to being a collaborative and overwhelmingly
publicly owned and run body.
Recent internal difficulties re governance and policy making were to be
resolved using the good offices of Unite and GMB and the terms of
reference for this work would be agreed shortly with the secretary
contributing as SHA Vice Chair.
- Public Health : Comments and submission
Members had not responded to the Chairs draft submission. Agreed:
Chair to re-draft in the light of other comments – e.g. from ASH and then
seek further comments before submission on 24th June.
- 5. Question Time – BBC FOI / Labour request
Concerns had been raised by members about the latest Question Time
broadcast from Wales. The BBC’s policies relating to balance and
devolved administrations were unclear. Agreed: secretary to submit FOI
requests relating to how panellists were selected, and extant policies in
- Web site
There was a short discussion on whether SHA Wales should develop its
own web site; agreed, make further enquiries and discuss at next
- Next members meeting : topic and location
Two topics were considered as possible topics for discussion; a) safe
staffing levels to help inform the proposed Bill, and primary care / 10
Steps. Agreed: secretary to sound out possible speakers and set up
meetings after discussion with officers.
- D. Sissling’s successor
Noted: Andrew Goodall had succeeded David Sissling and had already
taken up post. The secretary had offered congratulations and was
seeking a conversation about capacity planning.
- Treasurers report
There was a balance of £343.39 and £200 was to come from SHA UK to
help with printing costs.
- Next officers meeting
12th August 3-30pm Sarne