Giles Watling, MP for Clacton, has praised the CCG’s decision to give a contract notice to a community service provider.
He cited the health provider’s service as the “biggest complaint” put forward by his constituents on care standards in the region.
On Monday, AMP reported on how Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE) had been given the 12 month notice.
Today, local news source, the Daily Gazette, has explained how the local MP has welcomed the decision.
He explained: “Sadly, ACE was the biggest local complaint from people, with more than 500 people writing to me regarding terrible waiting times for GP appointments and poor service generally. I met with ACE and the NHS well over a dozen times, and while they have amazing front line staff, few improvements were made.”
Watling continued: “When the CCG moved ACE away from some of their contracts, we saw patient satisfaction increase. I did my best to help ACE improve but that much desired result was not forthcoming. The fact is our NHS experts in the CCG want to create a viable future for community services and I applaud them for taking firm action for the people of Clacton.”
Responding to the news, the Gazette went on to report that Frank Sims, chief executive of ACE, described the decision as “incredibly disappointing news.”
It did reassure the community though saying it would work towards a “seamless takeover” over the next year.