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Register of attendance and apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Lee, Moseley, Robins, and Wheeler.
An apology for absence was received from Councillor Manterfield, as she had a disclosable pecuniary interest in agenda item 3: Grantham Hospital, which was the only substantive item of business.
Disclosure of Interests
Members are asked to disclose any interests in matters for consideration at the meeting.
No interests were disclosed.
Following changes to the services that will be provided on the Grantham Hospital site, which have recently been agreed by the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust Board, a request to call an Extraordinary meeting of the Council was received from Councillor Charmaine Morgan. Written support for the request was received from Councillors Ray Wootten, Linda Wootten, Mark Whittington, Kelham Cooke, Lee Steptoe and Jan Hansen.
The Chairman of the Council agreed to the calling of an Extraordinary meeting to:
· Review United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust’s plans for Grantham Hospital.
· Examine the impact of those plans on the communities of South Kesteven.
· Agree what action to take.
The Chairman of the Council introduced the Grantham Hospital item, explaining that this would be the only substantive item of business at the extraordinary meeting of Council. The Chairman wished to express her gratitude to the NHS staff for the work they were undertaking in challenging and unprecedented circumstances at the present. Members of the public were thanked for expressing their views emotively during the public speaking session, which had taken place immediately prior to the meeting.
In setting out the procedural rules for the item, the Chairman confirmed that no motions on notice had been accepted for the meeting. It had been considered best practice on this occasion to allow all Members to have the opportunity to present a motion to Council or to propose amendments to any such motion, to ensure that the final decision was representative of the views of all Councillors present. It was intended that officers would capture any suggested resolutions and their corresponding amendments and display them via online screen sharing. A vote would then be taken at the end of the debate.
The Chairman proposed to suspend the rules of debate set out in Article 4.11 of the Constitution to facilitate the above proposed procedure. One Councillor expressed her disappointment that her motion had been appended to the item as a background paper, rather than submitted to Council as the basis for debate.
Another Member requested to speak first and propose his motion when the Chairman opened the session for debate. It was felt that the lack of clarity as to the intended procedure for the meeting had caused confusion and friction amongst Members. However, it was acknowledged that as a collective body, there was a need to address the important item on the agenda and collaborate across political parties to reach a collective decision that would reflect the strength of feeling displayed.
It was proposed, seconded and AGREED:
That the rules of debate set out in Article 4.11 of the Constitution be suspended for this meeting only
The Chairman then opened the session for debate. As Councillor Whittington had indicated that he wished to speak first, he proceeded by proposing his motion:
That following this Emergency Full Council meeting this Council calls on the Leader of the Council, Cllr Kelham Cooke, to:
• Write to Andrew Morgan, Chief Executive of United Lincolnshire NHS Trust, John Turner, Chief Officer of NHS Lincolnshire CCG, and Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, to express this Council’s grave concerns that the temporary closure of Grantham Hospital Accident and Emergency Unit and loss of medical beds at Grantham Hospital may become permanent from 31st March 2021.
• Write to Cllr Carl Macey, the Chairman of the Lincolnshire Health Scrutiny Committee, to inform him of this Council’s grave concerns that the temporary closure of Grantham Hospital Accident and Emergency unit and loss of medical beds at Grantham Hospital may become permanent from 31st March 2021.
In proposing his motion, Councillor Whittington expressed ... view the full minutes text for item 105.
Close of the meeting
The meeting closed at 16:28.