Plan to move seriously ill patients by Essex hospitals

Full story on BBC News 15 November 2017

Seriously ill patients face being transferred between three Essex hospitals under plans to create specialist centres, the BBC has found.

Up to 50 patients a day could be moved between Southend, Basildon and Broomfield Hospital near Chelmsford under local NHS transformation plans.

Save Southend NHS said it was concerned about the cost of the plan and the dangers in transferring patients.

The hospitals group said the aim was to best use its staff and resources.

One source told the BBC about 80% of stroke patients in Southend could be transferred to Basildon Hospital under the scheme