The acquisition of Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust (THT) by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) has now been approved by The Secretary of State for Health.
This approval is the final stage following the approvals by: Our Board, The NHS Co-operation and Competition Panel (CCP), Care Quality Commission and Monitor (Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts).
This means that the acquisition will take place on 1st April 2012.
Mike Deegan, Chief Executive at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says: "We are delighted that all the necessary approvals are now in place and we are on track for the acquisition to take place on 1st April.
"We have a long established relationship with Trafford Healthcare Trust and have been working with them over the provision of some services for a number of years. We want to ensure that the high quality services continue to be provided in Trafford and we are in a strong position to ensure that this is possible."
Trafford took the decision to seek an acquisition partner because, although they provide high-quality care and are performing very well clinically, they are simply too small to remain financially viable by themselves. The acquisition will provide much greater financial stability and security for health services in Trafford.
Staff and managers at both organisations have been working hard to ensure that all the practical arrangements for bringing the two Trusts together have been completed.
While the employment of staff and ownership of property will transfer to Central Manchester FT at 1st April 2012, there will be no immediate changes to services and where they are provided. Patients will continue to use Trafford health services as they have in the past.
Any proposals for future service changes will be managed by NHS Trafford (Trafford Primary Care Trust) through the New Health Deal for Trafford programme. For more information and details of this programme and how to get involved, go to www.healthdeal.trafford.nhs.uk.
On 3rd December 2010, Trafford Healthcare announced that it was seeking acquisition by a larger organisation.
The Board of Trafford Healthcare decided that the Trust was too small to remain viable and it was agreed that becoming part of a larger NHS Trust was the best way to ensure that Trafford residents continue to access appropriate, high-quality NHS care.
A number of local Trusts were invited to submit proposals and then Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was chosen to manage the Trafford Hospitals from 1st April 2012
What is a Foundation Trust?
An NHS Foundation Trust (FT) has more financial and operational freedoms than conventional NHS Trusts. However, Foundation Trusts are still firmly part of the NHS and subject to NHS standards, performance ratings and systems of inspection with their primary purpose being to provide NHS care to NHS patients according to NHS quality standards and principles i.e. free care based on need, not ability to pay.
Members of the public can join the Foundation Trust and this gives you a say in how the Trust is run. We currently have over 12,000 people from Greater Manchester and beyond who are members of our FT.
If you, your family, friends or colleagues are interested in becoming a member, you can do so via our website (www.cmft.nhs.uk) or by calling our Foundation Trust office on (0161) 276 8661 for an application form.
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