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Braintree: Community Hospital services to be handed over from Serco

12:13 14 March 2014

Paul Forden, Chief Exec. of Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust

Paul Forden, Chief Exec. of Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust

The Mid Essex Hospital Trust is to take over the running of services at Braintree Community Hospital from the beginning of next month.

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It follows a request by current provider Serco to exit their contract early.

The under-pressure healthcare provider was supposed to be responsible for services at the hospital until March next year.

But now an agreement has been reached with the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to transfer to a new provider a year ahead of schedule.

Paul Forden, chief executive of Mid Essex Hospital Trust, said: “Mid Essex Hospital Trust looks forward to the opportunity to develop the services provided at Braintree Community Hospital.

“This is an excellent, modern facility with highly skilled staff that compliments the services offered from Broomfield Hospital and provides the opportunity to provide care closer to home for some patients living locally.”

Bryan Spencer, clinical vice-chairman of Mid Essex CCG, said: “The CCG and its partners, MEHT and Serco, have been working hard to get this right for the people of Braintree and the surrounding area.

“Our priority throughout has been to ensure that patients can still access effective services at the hospital and I hope that this outcome will demonstrate that its future was never in doubt.

“We will be working closely with MEHT and Serco over the coming weeks to ensure minimum disruption to patients.”

Serco will continue to provide services for the rest of March before MEHT takes over.

Valerie Michie, Serco’s managing director of health, said they were “committed to ensuring a smooth transfer” at the end of the month.

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