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Concern over hospital’s future amid Trust’s collaboration

Concern over hospital’s future amid Trust’s collaboration

Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Foundation Trust and Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust are currently reviewing their “potential organisational form” and further collaboration
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Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Foundation Trust and Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust are currently reviewing their “potential organisational form” and further collaboration.

The Trusts released a joint statement today stating that they will assess the financial and clinical benefits of more collaborative working.

This has raised concern over the future of Hinchingbrooke hospital.

Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly told The Hunts Post: “The worry here is that Peterborough will acquire Hinchingbrooke and move main wards from Hinchingbrooke into their vacant floor, leading to sustainability issues for Hinchingbrooke.”

This could include A&E, obsteterics, paediatrics and maternity, he said.

“Also of concern is that the NHS acquisition rules seem not to provide for a need for consultation, which will clearly not be acceptable for Huntingdonshire residents. From a Huntingdonshire perspective, the loss of services are clearly of great concern,” Djanogly added.

The joint statement from the Trusts reads: “We have decided to work together to review: what savings could be jointly achieved by working more collaboratively, particularly focusing on back office services; how we could collaborate clinically to develop a clinical strategy and improve outcomes for patients; potential organisational form.

“We have shared this news with our staff in both organisations today and have started a programme of open forums where staff can pose any questions or concerns they may have to their chief executive.”

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