Is Coperforma in breach of their contract?
The Sussex CCGs are looking into the situation surrounding non-urgent patient transport and will be talking with the company today (14 September).
The CCGs are also looking to secure work for some 70 staff members of Docklands Medical Services, who this morning turned up to work to find offices locked and empty.
On behalf of the Sussex CCGs, High Weald Lewes Haven CCG Chief Officer Wendy Carberry said, “The Sussex CCGs are taking urgent action, focussing immediately on two areas - to ensure stability and continuation of a safe transport service for patients and to secure the future for the affected staff.
“We have spoken to the Coperforma Operations Director this morning and he has assured us that there is adequate capacity in the Patient Transport system across Sussex for uninterrupted continuation of service today and going forward. We will be monitoring this very closely and are in communication with our hospital providers already today.
“With regard to the staff, we are in communication with other patient transport providers and NHSE to discuss options for this group of around 70 staff, who were previously employed by SECAmb. This is clearly a worrying time for DMS staff, and we will pursue every avenue in our attempt to secure future work for them.
“We will be in further discussion with Coperforma today. We have been speaking to Coperforma, its subcontractors, the unions and individual drivers over the past 10 days in a bid to resolve issues, particularly the problem of DMS drivers not being paid. We have been looking carefully at the contract to see what levers and influence we can bring, and we are writing to Coperforma to inform them of the areas where we believe that they are not meeting the terms of their contract.”