Non-Urgent Patient Transport Could Collapse Say Contractors

Monday 5th September 2016

eastbourne buzz news - Non-urgent Patient Transport

Contractors are warning non-urgent patient transport in Sussex, is at risk of collapse.

In an email, which Eastbourne Buzz has seen, it is claimed Coperforma owe in excess of £1.3million collectively, to various contractors. As meetings are held in Lewes today (5 September) and tomorrow (6 September), contractors have written a joint letter to the CCG, calling for urgent action to fix the service, which has been under fire since Coperforma took it over at the start of April.

Contractors say that unless all outstanding monies are paid in full by Coperforma within ten days, they will be forced to take legal action, which would see an immediate reduction in the service offered to patients. This could result in the service being ceased entirely.

Gary Palmer from the GMB Union said, “The CCG must now act. This is no longer just a problem for staff but for all patients in Sussex. This isn’t just incompetence from Coperforma, it’s corporate bullying at its worse. CCG act now!”

There is still no word on what has gone on behind closed doors at the High Weald CCG office in Lewes today.

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