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Joint statement on reconsideration of merger

Senior representatives from the Dorset health and social care system recently met with senior leaders of NHS England, NHS Improvement and Public Health England to review the Dorset Sustainability and Transformation Plan. This plan, submitted at the end of June, incorporates the work of the Dorset Clinical Services Review, led by the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

During the course of this meeting, it was agreed that it would be appropriate for our two foundation trusts to reconsider the question of merger, given the very clear commissioning intentions of the CCG, which will require new organisational forms.

It is the shared view of the senior management of the two Trusts that operating the new models of care - that is, separating emergency and planned care services in the east – would be extremely difficult as two separate organisations. In our view, the merger would definitely assist in the smooth implementation of the Dorset Clinical Services Review, which is of course still subject to consultation.

Both Trusts are aware that there is a lot of work to be done before any changes could take place locally. Most importantly, this includes gaining the support of the relevant regulatory authorities for moving ahead in this way. Whatever the outcome of these discussion, we are confident that in working more closely together, we can continue to provide high quality, safe and affordable care to patients in Dorset now and in the future.

Debbie Fleming, Chief Executive, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Tony Spotswood, Chief Executive, The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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