STRUCTURE Commissioners have raised “significant concerns” about Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust’s proposed reorganisation.

West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group has called on the mental health trust to put planned bed closures on hold and questioned whether their community services teams “will have the capacity and capability to support patients”.

The trust closed a consultation on the plans this month and is considering responses.

CCG board papers said: “[The CCG] continues to have significant concerns with regard to the Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust radical redesign plans that include bed closures in West Norfolk and the CCG has requested evidence from the trust that their community services teams will have the capacity and capability to support patients.

“A meeting was held with the trust senior management and CCGs in December, which did not provide the assurances required. 

“As a result, an urgent meeting has been arranged between the chief executive and chair of the trust and the chief officer and chair of West Norfolk CCG to discuss possible solutions. 

“In the meantime, the trust has been asked to put the plans for bed closure on hold.”

The board papers were submitted for discussion at the NHS Norfolk January board meeting.  

Doctors in the region have also raised concerns about the plans.

Earlier this month, the British Medical Association accused the mental health trust of “not being fully open with the public about staffing cuts” and warned service levels would suffer as a result.

Norfolk and Suffolk commercial director Leigh Fleming said: “The trust is in discussion with all Norfolk CCGs about the Service Strategy and its implications.

“We will continue to work with them to ensure we deliver effective and affordable mental health services across the county.”