Health services transfer

A CONTRACT has been signed to transfer community health services in Suffolk to a private firm.

The services, currently provided by the NHS’s Suffolk Community Healthcare (SCH), will be delivered by Serco from the autumn.

The move is in line with national guidance from the Department of Health, which stipulates that all primary care trusts will buy community services rather than directly provide them.

Serco will work with SCH staff to develop current adult community and specialist children’s services as well as community hospitals.

Julian Herbert, acting chief executive of NHS Suffolk, said: “Serco has been carefully selected and we believe they will provide improved care for patients and new opportunities for staff.”