The final details to end Coperforma’s contract to provide non-urgent patient transport services to Eastbourne and the rest of Sussex are due to be confirmed today (2 November).
The company, which is due to step down from the role in April 2017, is expected to meet with commissioners agree terms and conditions, so the service can be returned to the NHS.
Michael Clayton, Chief Executive, Coperforma Limited said, “We are, of course, disappointed that we shall not be continuing to deliver the Sussex patient transport service contract in the longer term. This is particularly unfortunate for all the people in our company and contractors who have worked so hard, after a difficult start, to provide patients across the county with a much improved safe and reliable service.
“Talks are scheduled today with the commissioners to agree final terms and conditions to bring the contact to an end. In the meantime, patients will continue to be our priority and we will be ensuring that there will be no interruption to the service.
“We are equally committed to work with the commissioners and the new providers to make sure that the transition process is efficiently completed in the best interests of all patients and NHS staff.”