Mid and South Essex University Hospitals Group CEO comments on IRP decision
31 July 2019
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has accepted the Independent Reconfiguration Panel's recommendation to endorse mid and south Essex health plans.
Clare Panniker, Chief Executive of the Mid and
South Essex University Hospitals Group, said: "Our plan to
reconfigure hospital services will improve care and outcomes for
over 1.2 million people who live in mid and south Essex, so I am
delighted that the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
has advised that we should press ahead with our plans to
reconfigure our services.
"We know that making the changes set out in
our plans will improve patient outcomes and help us achieve
compliance with national service standards and
we can now plan for implementation
of our first stage of changes this autumn with
"We believe this advice is an endorsement of the
excellent work of our staff from every discipline over the past
years in designing and assuring new sustainable and high quality
clinical services for the people of mid and south Essex.
"We are on track to deliver phase one of
the reconfiguration this autumn:
- Consolidation of emergency vascular surgery at Basildon
Hospital from both Broomfield and Southend Hospitals.
- Transfer of spinal surgery from Basildon Hospital to
- Offering patients at Basildon and Southend hospitals
waiting for a hip or knee operation the option of being treated at
Braintree Community Hospital so that they can be seen more
- Emergency out-of-hours interventional radiology services
to be consolidated at a hub based at Basildon Hospital.
"We are also expecting to merge our three
Trusts next year. It will put us amongst the biggest NHS
organisations in the country, meaning more support for staff, a
stronger financial position and excellent outcomes for
Dr Anita Donley OBE, Independent Chair of
the mid & south Essex STP said "I am absolutely delighted with
the recommendation of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel and
decision of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
This is a recognition of the hard work by all partners in our
STP and an endorsement of the clinically led plans to improve
services and outcomes for our population of 1.2 million people
living in mid & south Essex"
PICTURED: Clare Panniker, Chief
Executive of the Mid and South Essex University Hospitals