What did Cllr Ian Lewis ask about a new maternity service in Seacombe due to start on the 20th March 2018 and why wasn’t the councillor for Seacombe present to hear it?
Wednesday afternoon’s public meeting of Wirral Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board started without its Chair Cllr Phil Davies. Usually if he can’t make it, one of the other two Labour Cabinet Members on the Board (Cllr Bernie Mooney and Cllr Chris Jones) chair the meeting instead.
However they weren’t there either.
Last year, Labour made it clear they wanted Labour councillors to chair all committees, so in the absence of the three Labour councillors, a Wirral Council employee Fiona Johnstone (Acting Director for Strategy and Partnerships) chaired the meeting instead.
Before the meeting started, private discussions over who present would chair the meeting and the lack of any Wirral Council solicitor present to advise on procedure meant the start was delayed by thirteen minutes.
Cllr Chris Jones (Labour Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health) did arrive 26 minutes after the public meeting had been scheduled to start and took over the chairing of the meeting at this point. She did apologise during the meeting for her lateness explaining that she had had urgent other matters to attend to.
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Cllr Chris Jones (councillor for Seacombe) would’ve missed the maternity update on a new service for pregnant women in Seacombe due to start on the 20th March 2018.
You can watch what was said about maternity and the questions that were asked in the video above.
A local #DefendOurNHS campaign group will be having a public meeting on Wednesday 28th March at 7.00 pm at St Paul’s Church Hall, Church Road, Seacombe, CH44 7BA. The topic of the meeting will be the new Seacombe ‘pop up’ birthing centre. According to a leaflet about it speakers at the meeting will be Felicity Dowling and Stephanie Miller.
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