Basildon hospital chief reacts to news that government are "taking over" health services in Essex

BASILDON Hospital has reacted to the news that government regulators are set to take over the running of NHS services in Essex.

The unprecedented move will see three key national NHS bodies intervene to dictate how local services tackle longstanding problems such as understaffing, financial trouble and poor care.

Essex is just one of three areas in the country that has been selected.

The chief executive of Basildon Hospital, Claire Panniker said: "We recognise healthcare organisations across Essex are facing challenges. It has been clear for some time that hospitals like ours and community care providers in our patch need to work together to find a solution.

"Previous interventions – such as the ‘special measures’ process which we were the first Trust to come out of following a ‘good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission – have focussed on improvements which need to be made at individual

trusts.

"However, the success regime will look at the whole health and social care economy including hospital trusts, commissioners, and other stakeholders like the local authority.

"The regime will be a supportive process but will also challenge us to look at the services we provide and identify ways to improve them by working alongside others.

The board at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has already started discussions with our neighbouring hospitals and commissioners about how this might work.

The precise detail of what this new regime means for us will become clearer over the coming weeks and months. It will undoubtedly be a challenging time. But it also represents a significant opportunity for us to play a pivotal role in improving services for patients across Essex.

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