First day of new health headquarters

HEALTH workers in Suffolk were today due to move in to controversial new headquarters in Bramford.

HEALTH workers in Suffolk were today due to move in to controversial new headquarters in Bramford.

The Suffolk Primary Care Trust's band of staff were scheduled to have their first day of operation at Rushbrook House, Paper Mill Lane.

The move was originally scheduled for March 5 but got delayed. A spokeswoman for the PCT said the delay was due to “snagging issues” such as laying cabling in the building and other technical problems.

The organisation's decision to move has angered the public as it comes at a time when the health service is facing unprecedented levels of debt.


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It is paying £300,000 rent to a private company despite discussions to move onto the Ipswich Hospital site, which would have seen the rent ploughed back into the area's health services.

More controversy followed last month after The Evening Star revealed the NHS workers were to be stung with car parking charges equivalent to £15 a month for full-time staff.

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The move comes after a huge restructuring of the NHS which saw four former PCTs in the county come together to form a county-wide trust on October 1 last year.

Although the majority of the new PCT staff will now be based at Rushbrook House, others will be moving to other PCT premises, including Stow Lodge Centre, in Chilton Way, Stowmarket, and Allington House, in Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

N Do you think the move will have a positive affect on Suffolk health services? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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