Changes to health services

THE company Serco has been selected as the preferred bidder to provide a range of community health services to 600,000 patients in Suffolk.

Services are currently provided by Suffolk Community Healthcare (SCH), part of NHS Suffolk, and will transfer by the autumn.

The change has been brought about after new rules from the department of health that all primary care trusts, like NHS Suffolk, will no longer directly provide community services and will instead commission services.

Serco will develop the current range of adult community services, specialist children’s services and community hospitals across Suffolk.