I have written to the High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to clarify the position for staff and patients since the CCG served twelve months notice on the community services contract provided by East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.
The current contract is worth £18 million a year to provide thirty one types of community services across East Sussex such as rehabilitation and district nursing services and involves around 600 staff.
I have been contacted by both patients and staff who are very concerned at this news as there seems to be very little information coming forward about what will happen once the notice period is up. Staff received a letter from the Chief Executive of the Health Trust a few weeks ago informing them that twelve months notice has been served by the CCG on the community services contract but no details have been given about what will happen to their jobs or the services currently provided to patients.
The Chief Executive of East Sussex Healthcare is waiting to hear back from the CCG with regard to the next steps in the process but this is a very unsettling time for both staff and patients who are unsure about what will happen to their jobs and services in the next few months.
The next public meeting of the CCG on 28th May where I aim to highlight the insecurity felt by both patients and staff and will be urging the CCG to make its plans as clear and swift as possible. Both the CCG and East Sussex Healthcare have a tough few months ahead of them and I don’t envy the decisions they have to make. It is important that whatever decisions are made that staff and patients are kept fully informed. I know both the CCG and East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust are working very hard to ensure a plan is put in place as quickly as possible but I still have very worried residents coming to see me who are concerned about their future jobs and services.