Health chiefs ‘commitment’ to outpatient services as trust pulls out of Doddington and Wisbech

Doddington Hospital ANL-150606-094803009
Doddington Hospital ANL-150606-094803009

Health chiefs say they are “committed” to providing outpatient services in Fenland after providers have pulled out.

Cambridgeshire Community Services (CCS) currently runs the outpatients services in Doddington and North Cambridgeshire Hospitals.

But it has given notice to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) along with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn of its intention to cease providing these services.

CCG chief clinical officer Dr Neil Modha said: “The CCG is committed to the ongoing provision and development of local out-patient services and will work with CCS to ensure a safe and smooth transition of services.”

The group says it will be holding meetings with GPs.

Community services chief executive Matthew Winn has put the decision down to a change in the group’s portfolio with a concentration on children’s and specialist areas, such as musculo-skeletal and sexual health.

He said: “It will be a decision for the CCG to identify a suitable new provider. These services are important for the local community, ensuring access closer to home from highly skilled clinicians.

“We will work with the CCG to agree a realistic notice period (which we envisage would be approximately 12 months) and we will fully support affected staff to ensure a safe transition of staff and services to new employers in due course.”

The QEH commissions outpatients, endoscopy, bladder screening and phlebotomy at North Cambs.Finance director David Stonehouse said: “We are working to ensure that our high levels of patient care continue when the providers for some of the services change from April next year and there is a smooth unnoticed transition.”

MP Steve Barclay, who is continuing his “Treat me Local” campaign which calls for more services to be provided closer to home, said: “I understand why the trust feels it may be more appropriate for these services to be provided by another organisation such as a hospital. But I am concerned that they continue at these local hospitals and that the trust’s decision does not result in a loss of services.”