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Budget support for hospitals in Southend, Chelmsford and Basildon

22 November 2017

The Mid and South Essex STP has been identified to receive national funds to support transformation in all three hospitals in Southend, Chelmsford and Basildon.

Once finalised, this could see potential investments from the additional funding in new operating theatres, improvements in IT to make it easier to operate across hospital sites and around 50 extra inpatient beds.

The Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), includes all NHS organisations and the three local authorities in mid and south Essex.

Said Clare Panniker, Chief Executive of the hospitals;
"Although we are still working through all of the detail this could represent the most significant investment into mid and south Essex for almost a decade and we are delighted. This is an important step in the work we have been doing to develop proposals to secure and improve the care we provide for our population in the future.

"It will help us to improve the quality of the facilities in which we care for patients, helping to bring clinical areas up to modern standards.

"It is exciting news but does not mean the decision on services has been made. There is still a lot of work to do, including the full public consultation where our communities will again have the opportunity to tell us their views to help us build a model of hospital care which provides the very best outcomes for local people."

A detailed business case and plan for a period of public consultation will be considered at the end of this month by the Joint Committee of the five clinical commissioning groups in mid and south Essex.

Said Dr Anita Donley OBE, independent chair of Mid and South Essex STP;
"This is fantastic news. We have held many discussion events with local people over the last two years and heard, loud and clear, people's views about the importance of the need for more money invested in mid and south Essex health services, so we are absolutely thrilled with today's announcement."

The funding will be made available through business cases for different schemes once the final decisions on the model of care has been made following the conclusion of the public consulation.