People are being invited to have their say on the proposed merger of two hospital trusts during a meeting on Thursday.
The trusts running Peterborough and Stamford hospitals and Hinchingbrooke have signed a memorandum of understanding that sets out their agreement to work together to develop a full business case that recommends the merger of the two hospital trusts on April 1, 2017.
The case will be presented to the boards for their approval in September but before then people are being asked for their views.
In a joint statement, the trusts’ chief executives, Lance McCarthy, of Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust, and Stephen Graves of Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Both our trusts are passionate about providing quality services that are better, safer, and local. This work supports the future delivery of sustainable services from all three hospitals, working together as one foundation trust that is clinically, financially and organisationally stronger.
“We are now working together to develop the full business case that will confirm savings and costs, set out in-depth details of how the proposed merger will be implemented, and how it will benefit patients and taxpayers by reducing the duplication of corporate and back office costs.
“During the next three months we are engaging with members of the public to inform them of our proposed plans to merge, reassure them of our commitment to providing a local service, and to ask for their views to help inform the full business case.
“We particularly want to know what people think about creating local constituencies and governors who will separately represent the three areas surrounding Hinchingbrooke, Peterborough and Stamford hospitals. We also want to hear what people think we should call the proposed new organisation.”
The annual public meeting of the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust was held last week to hear people’s views and another meeting will be held on Thursday at 10am at Stamford Hospital in the New Meeting Hall, hosted by senior board members.