I heard yesterday that the private ambulance transport business, Coperforma, are to lose their contract to an NHS provider, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust, so wanted to update you.
I’ve been campaigning for this for many months now so I am absolutely delighted at the result.
There is to be a managed transition period up to April next year which is probably a good idea as the service has been pretty grim for patients (and staff!) at times. And I suspect the last thing High Weald CCG wanted was yet another shambolic change as when Coperforma originally took over from our local ambulance trust – SECAMB – in April this year.
It is a tremendous result though and my long-standing petition calling for the patient transport service to be removed from the private sector and returned to the NHS where it belongs, is exactly what has happened.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of my e-newsletter readers who have been following my campaign to sort this and signed the petition – almost 1,500 of you! I’ve posted it below for info.
Thank you folks. Really appreciated.