The Health and Social Care Act 2001 made Local Authorities, with health and social care responsibility, responsible for reviewing and scrutinising health services in their area. In addition to the overview and scrutiny undertaken by each Local Authority, it was decided that two Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committees would be established to scrutinise the work of the Pennine Acute NHS Trust and the Pennine Care NHS Trust.
These Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committees were established by Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside councils to consider issues affecting the health of local people (the overview role) and to call the NHS into account on behalf of the local communities (the scrutiny role).
The panel scrutinises the strategies, policies, actions and consultations of various health bodies and local authorities.
Pennine Acute Hospitals National Health Service Trust runs Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, North Manchester General Hospital, The Royal Oldham Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary.
The trust provides various health and community services to people living in Greater Manchester.