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28 February 2014

Health Care

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have today (28 February 2014) announced that IPP (Integrated Pathology Partnerships) is the preferred bidder to work with them to provide hospital pathology services in south Essex.

The trusts have for some time been working together to explore how best to bring the two services together to provide sustainable, locally led hospital based pathology services across the south Essex area.

Following the decision taken in June 2013 to enter a competitive dialogue procedure, this week the boards of both organisations agreed a full business case to form a joint venture with IPP, which will see them work to deliver the full range of laboratory services together.

Clinical staff will continue to interpret results and give all clinical advice at their respective NHS trusts.

The move will secure the quality of local pathology services, while maximising economies of scale to ensure the south Essex pathology service remains competitive, efficient, professional and safe, in the current climate of greater freedom to compete for the provision of NHS services.

Following this announcement, in accordance with European procurement law, a ten day standstill period has commenced, where the final stages of completion will take place and further details on the project will then be available.

Clare Panniker, chief executive of Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals and Jacqueline Totterdell, chief executive at Southend Hospital said: "We are delighted to have agreed this joint venture as we believe this move will bring additional expertise, innovation and experience to the service and put it in the best possible position to bid for future contracts such as local community pathology services.

"We would reassure all interested parties that all clear and definite advantages to this project have been fully assessed to enable us to meet our overall objective of maintaining and securing a high quality and sustainable pathology service for our local population."

Stuart Quin, chief executive of iPP, said: "We are delighted to have been selected as the preferred bidder to provide pathology services in partnership with Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We look forward to working with both trusts in the development and delivery of a high quality service for patients."