'Outrage' over CCG merger plans to Secretary of State

19 July 2019
Letters have been written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, and to Thurrock MPs, raising serious concerns about plans by NHS England to merge Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) with 4 other CCGs in South Essex.
The action comes after it emerged NHS England has instructed the 5 CCG accountable officers to set out a clear and agreed timeline for a formal CCG merger by the end of September 2019.
Thurrock Council last week criticised the plans, which it fears would lead to the loss of local accountability and strong existing partnerships. 

Community gets a closer look at plans for an integrated medical centre in Tilbury

27 September 2018
Residents yesterday got a closer look at the latest designs for a proposed new integrated medical centre that will bring health and care services to the heart of Tilbury.
The Tilbury and Chadwell integrated medical centre, planned to be built in Civic Square, is one of four proposed across the borough, along with others in Purfleet, Corringham, and Grays.
Having agreed to fund the building of the integrated medical centre in Tilbury, subject to a final business case, Thurrock Council is now sharing initial concept designs with the community.

Proposals for Integrated Medical Centre in Tilbury set to progress

29 August 2018
Plans to build an Integrated Medical Centre (IMC) that will bring health and care services to the heart of Tilbury are set to take a significant step forward with Thurrock Council expected to give the green light to provide up to £20million of funding.
The Tilbury IMC is one of 4 planned across the borough, along with others in Purfleet, Corringham, and Grays.
The council and its NHS partners are investing in health and care services to make them more accessible, closer to home and ensure they are provided in modern, purpose-built facilities.

Council welcomes plans to co-locate health services following Orsett Hospital decision

6 July 2018
The statement below follows today’s meeting of the Mid and South Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Joint Committee and the decision relating to Orsett Hospital.
Cllr James Halden, Thurrock Council's portfolio holder for Heath, said: "We have worked hard with the NHS and I am delighted their decision reflects our understanding that Orsett Hospital will not close until our four new integrated medical centres are up and running and services are available.

Positive direction of travel for health services

23 January 2018
Proposals for changes to health services including the future of those currently provided at Orsett Hospital were considered by the Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Thursday evening (18 January).
A consultation was launched at the end of last year by Mid and South Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Joint Committee on behalf of NHS England, with wide-reaching plans for services provided by hospitals across the area, including Thurrock.

NHS consultation launched

1 December 2017
NHS England has published a wide-ranging consultation, which includes questions on the future of services currently provided at Orsett Hospital.
The consultation, run by the Mid and South Essex CCG Joint Committee, incorporates plans for 4 new Integrated medical centres across the borough, which were previously announced by Thurrock Council.
Portfolio Holder for Health, Cllr James Halden, said: "I welcome the publication of the consultation – we intend to respond fully and constructively. This is about getting hospital services closer to the people in modern facilities.

East Tilbury Medical Centre saved

15 November 2017
The previously at-risk medical centre in East Tilbury has been saved following swift intervention from the council.
Cllr James Halden, Portfolio Holder for Health and Education, said: "As residents may remember, last year I reported that due to the debts of a former GP, the East Tilbury Medical Centre was on the brink of collapse, which frankly would have caused significant problems for local people.
"The loss of provision would have meant hundreds of patients needing to move to GP's in Stanford and Corringham, possibly adding further strain to these surgeries.