Health hubs that were set to replace Orsett Hospital at risk of not happening

By Local Democracy Reporter
Steve Shaw

THE four medical centres that residents were told would replace Orsett Hospital are in jeopardy because of “affordability issues”, a report has revealed.

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Residents were promised that the Integrated Medical Centres (IMCs) planned for Corringham, Grays, Tilbury and Purfleet would mean no services would be lost as a result of the hospital closure.

But a new report from Thurrock’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) indicates the plans may not be as well thought out as previously suggested.

It reads: “Until all stakeholders have agreed on what services they wish to deliver from each IMC and how much space they will require to do so it is very difficult to progress the programme any further.”

The report goes on to outline how one of the biggest problems for the development of the IMCs is the Tilbury site, which is being funded and developed by Thurrock Council.

Setbacks at the site are due to outstanding decisions on which services will be delivered and questions over finances which mean that the building could be “scaled down”.

The plans for a medical centre in Purfleet are in similar position with no agreements on the size of the site, the services that will be delivered and “whether or not it will be affordable”.

When Thurrock CCG was asked if they could still guarantee that services will remain in Thurrock and if these issues could have been foreseen, accountable officer Mandy Ansell failed to address the queries directly.

She said: “We are confident that replacing the outdated site at Orsett with four new medical centres will enable us to provide the best possible care for our local communities right across Thurrock and we are continuing to assess and make plans with all our partners to ensure that these centres will be fit for purpose.

“It’s important to note the Integrated Medical Centres were already planned as part of our wider transformation plans, For Thurrock in Thurrock. This is a brand-new offer for Thurrock, we are working closely with all the agencies that will run services in these centres and we have to get it right.”

The closure of Orsett Hospital and construction of the IMCs is one of a number of major changes to the healthcare across mid and south Essex within plans from the NHS’ Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).

In October Southend Councillors voted to refer the whole plan to health secretary Matt Hancock, which has delayed the release of £118million in funding and prevented plans from moving forward while they are scrutinised.

7 Responses to "Health hubs that were set to replace Orsett Hospital at risk of not happening"

  1. Catching the Bus (Ant Auger)   November 28, 2018 at 10:20 am

    I quit.

    I don’t trust politicians and this is a classic example why.

    They gave us crap and we didnt kind of believe it but thought theres nothing we can do about it. and now this.

    Theres no long term 30 year plan in politics.

    You gave us all the crap about these health hubs and now you’ve done about as much on it as an
    asthmatic ant carrying a heavy bag of shopping.
    (line from Blackadder)

  2. Valen (Myles) Cook   November 29, 2018 at 12:39 am

    Well who didn’t see that coming?

  3. Catching the Bus (Ant Auger)   November 29, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Valen this is serious I am disalutioned with politics and neoliberalism.

    I am on the fucking edge. Because I fear whats coming next with the biblical global economic crash.

    Will it be Bonds, WIll it be Deutsche Bank. Wil it be Derivatives.
    Corporate Debt,
    …… there so much in bubble territory now. no sod knows what and where it will happen. its a snowball when it does. It will all come crashing down.

  4. Valen (Myles) Cook   November 29, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Catching the Bus – I’m concerned with the way things are going as well but it’s out of our hands at the moment. Yes, you and I will both be victims of what’s going to happen but to work yourself into a frenzy over something that is out of your control isn’t going to help you. Just prepare as best you can for what’s to come and watch the UK burn.

  5. Catching the Bus (Ant Auger)   November 29, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    It’s not just the UK but globally.

    My friends in the US are really going through it in the Mid West. The US Middle class has been destroyed by neoliberalism under the Republicans and Democrats.
    Just think all them mom and pop businesses and well paid jobs. Gone.

    Next is the crash If we make 3 years before it we will be lucky.

    Mark my words when it happens some fascist right wing nut will come to power and the elite will back him.
    Lets party like it’s 1929.

    It’s history repeating itself all over once again for the umpteenth Time. It’s like a section of society wants to go through this all again.
    It will have the same result.

  6. Valen (Myles) Cook   November 30, 2018 at 12:39 am

    Catching the Bus – The only global issue that’s worth worrying about is global warming. If you worry about the global crash that’s coming, it’ll drive you insane…and then you’ll start voting for Right-wing nuts.

  7. thurrocksgonedownhill   December 1, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    A New World Order is coming ladies – trust me. Born out of the political failings of left-wing namby pamby politics, those of which have created the society which we now have imposed upon us and everyday are paying the price for.

    Anyone can see the unfair system we now have is not working. A fairer system is so needed.

    I know your scared, but why?

    As for global warming, well whilst that is a very important issue, climate change is the more immediate problem. Huge global issues are upon us with no political will to resolve. Over population being one, pollution another, excess plundering of natural resources and on and on we go. Change is looming ladies and that’s only around the corner.

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