Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th June 2018.

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Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Chair, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee), Chair, Statutory Instruments (Select Committee)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons (a) the Bridgewater NHS Trust's retinal screening staff administration team are being transferred to the private company Emis Care and (b) the timing is before the end of the contract due in to finish in April 2019.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust provides a diabetic eye screening service to patients through the Central Mersey Diabetic Eye Screening Programme. The administration of this service is provided by Emis.

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Emis have agreed to combine the administration function with the clinical delivery element within Bridgewater Community Healthcare Trust to deliver greater safety assurance as quickly as possible. Therefore the contract for administration which was due to finish in April 2019 will now finish on 10 August 2018.

Emis have agreed to continue to work with Bridgewater Trust in order to ensure a smooth transition and alleviate any concerns that the current staff members may have regarding the Transfer of Undertakings - Protection of Employment process, and the Trust has confirmed that staff will be given full support through the process to ensure a safe and secure transfer.

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