Contract appeal bid fails

HEALTH bosses have expressed their disappointment after an appeal over the loss of a contract worth £19 million a year was not upheld.

In December, it was revealed that East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) failed to win contracts to provide Patient Transport Services (PTS) for patients who need non-emergency transport. EMAS appealed the decision but their appeal was not upheld.

Phil Milligan, EMAS Chief Executive, said: “This is very disappointing news for all our PTS staff and volunteers in the county who like me, were hoping for a different outcome.

“Now a decision has been made, we must focus our attention on looking after the welfare of staff and volunteers across EMAS who are affected by the loss of our PTS tenders. We can only start to make real progress on important issues such as TUPE when the contracts are signed at the end of February.

“We are fully committed to providing the best possible care for the patients we serve during the transfer of responsibilities to the new providers – NSL and Arriva - which we understand will happen in July 2012.”

The trust had planned to upgrade their fleet if they had won the contract, which would have been worth £19.9 million a year.

EMAS currently provides Patient Transport Services in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.