The Trusts running Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals have agreed that they will work together on a full business case in readiness for a merger on 1 April 2017.
Both boards have this week discussed an Outline Business Case which recommended that in order to sustain and improve services for patients and the taxpayer in Huntingdonshire, Greater Peterborough and South Lincolnshire, both Trusts would benefit from working as one organisation in the future.
In a joint statement, the two chief executives of the hospital Trusts, Lance McCarthy of Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust, and Stephen Graves, of Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Having discussed the outline business case in public, and meeting separately with our hospital teams, we have been able to hear the initial views of our patients, the public and our staff, which has been very useful.
“Both trusts are passionate about providing quality services that are better, safer and local and that can be easily accessible to the local population. We clearly recognise the risks of not collaborating at all, and so we are determined to reach a solution that will provide sustainable hospital services for our patients and their families for the decades to come.
“We are jointly committed to ensuring the ongoing provision of safe, sustainable core acute services at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. Further work on how services are designed and delivered is taking place as a result of the commissioner-led transformation work, and will not be decided by our boards.
“While there will be a cost to merging, we have identified at least £9m of savings to be made per annum, primarily in back office services, which will help improve the deficit position of both organisations in the future.
“Both Trusts are fully committed to engaging with our staff and members of the public, having started this process in our board meetings this week. This will continue in the coming weeks and months to help inform the Full Business Case. There will be a further period of engagement following a review of the Full Business Case by both trust boards in September, before the final approval by both boards in November 2016.”
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