iPP will partner with Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in a venture that will see iPP invest over £10 million in modernising pathology equipment and facilities.
The trusts and iPP will also build a pathology laboratory to process non-urgent testing, which is due for completion in 2015. This investment into facilities will improve service efficiency, release on-site capacity and modernise pathology provision, according to a statement from the partner organisations.The partnership board will be made up of six representatives: two from Southend FT, two from Basildon & Thurrock FT and two from iPP. The two FTs will govern the pathology service.
Clare Panniker, chief executive of Basildon & Thurrock FT, and Jacqueline Totterdell, chief executive of Southend FT, said in a joint statement: “Bringing in a private sector partner allowed the trusts the best of both worlds – investment to transform our service, yet retaining NHS clinical leadership and a local service. iPP were selected as our preferred bidder because of their commitment to both our vision for growth and the quality of the service we provide.”