Proposed merger of Sherwood Forest Hospitals and Nottingham University Hospitals moves to 2017
The proposed merger of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (SFH) and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) is now likely to happen in 2017.
Peter Homa, Chief Executive of NUH and SFH, said: "We remain committed to merging SFH and NUH to form Nottinghamshire University Hospitals NHS Trust, knowing this is the right decision for patients, for staff and the Nottinghamshire health and social care system. The merger will enable the delivery of consistent standards of care to patients in Nottinghamshire and bring clinical and financial sustainability to our services over the longer-term.
"We aimed to complete the merger before the busy winter period when our hospitals are most pressured. However, despite our best efforts and the hard work of very many colleagues, it has not been possible to do so, as some of the work required to create the merged organisation is taking longer than expected (including the legal aspects).
"While this delay means both organisations will remain statutorily independent for longer, we will continue the strengthened management arrangements at SFH and use this period to maximise our preparedness and readiness for the merger in 2017.
"During this period of transition, we will further strengthen our joint working and where appropriate continue our work to integrate our services and functions, while ensuring each organisation gives proportionate attention to the immediate operational priorities.
“This includes SFH sustaining and building on recent safety and quality improvements and NUH improving its four-hour emergency access performance. Both Trusts remain focused on improving their financial position and delivering their respective “control totals” (deficit positions) that were agreed for 2016/17."