Councillors Praise Work Of Health Watchdog

The LINk offices in Hugh Town

Councillors have praised the work of the local health involvement network, LINk.

The last Government set up these health watchdogs and there’s one for each local authority area.

They’re meant to scrutinise patient services and adult social care, both on the islands and in facilities islanders would travel to.

Now, the organisation’s work will be part of the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee.

As the Council will be increasing its public health services role, it was felt there could be a conflict of interest if they continued to fall under the Health Committee remit.

Both Dudley Mumford and Amanda Martin praised the LINk officer, Carol Clark, and Amanda said Scilly would be the poorer without her.

Richard McCarthy commended Carol as an “industrious coordinator.”

63 volunteers are now involved in the group and Christine Savill wanted to thank them for their input.

Marian Bennett admitted she was originally sceptical about the LINk and is pleased her doubts what unfounded.

Next year’s LINk budget will be £39,000 and that will include more ways of publicising their work, with £700 ring fenced for a noticeboard in the town and £2,500 set aside for a website.

The contract with Scout Enterprises was renewed until the end of March 2013. Then, the link concept will be abolished and replaced by a local healthwatch.