Issue - meetings
SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES COMMISSION
The Director of Public Health presented the report which sought agreement to progress the commissioning intentions for Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Wirral.
Wirral Council is legally obliged to provide, and make arrangements for the provision of, open access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services.
Commissioning arrangements expired at the end of the financial year 2023/24. Good sexual and reproductive health is an important component of overall health and wellbeing, and a pillar of wider work to reduce health inequalities in Wirral.
Members queried waiting times and noted that a next day consultation service would be helpful. Also observed was the importance of being able to access a non-judgemental service.
Resolved – That
1. the Director of Public Health be authorised to commence the re-commissioning of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for an initial period of five years (1st April 2024 – 31st March 2029) with the option of two one-year extensions. The expenditure for the services will be no more than £20,300,000 (£2,900,000 per annum) over the seven-year term.
2. the Director of Public Health be delegated to formalise the agreement with the successful party/ies following the commissioning process