The monthly meeting of the Public Health Committee was held on Wednesday, 3 October 2018.

A warm welcome was given to new staff within the directorate – Mental Health Team Lead, Sherilea, and Charge Nurse (Theatre), Sebastiano.

The Chair gave an update on plans for the next Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) meeting in December. He plans to visit patients undergoing treatment in Pretoria during his journey to the UK for the JMC meeting.

The Director of Health updated the committee on a timetable for briefing from the various sections of the Health Directorate. The Committee aims to hear from all sections of the Health Directorate in the coming months.

It was noted that feedback received from the new DfID Health Adviser at the end of her visit was positive and a reflection of the hard work by the team.

An update on the Pharmacy Section was heard by the Pharmacist before a briefing was given on clinical governance. The Committee recommended that the report on clinical governance be shared with other elected members as well as the public.

The Committee received an update on the budget planning process and agreed to meet for an extraordinary session on Thursday, 11 October 2018, to discuss the budget in detail.

The Chair closed the meeting after announcing that the Director of Health has indicated he does not plan to extend his contract beyond the current agreement, with a recruitment process planned to commence soon. The Committee thanked the Director for his contribution to the development of Health Service on the Island.

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9 October 2018

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