Trafford Hospital Services
NHS Trafford have brought in John Schultz as an independent
chairman to oversee the planned review of hospital services in
The news follows the announcement that Central Manchester
University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will take over the
running of Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust.
And it will go some way towards reassuring local residents that
nothing has been decided yet about the future organisation of local
health services, including accident and emergency.
Mr Schultz, a former chief executive at Stockport Council, has
considerable leadership experience and believes strongly in
engaging local people in the design of local services.
He will provide an independent oversight to ensure patients and
the local community are involved in discussions with health bosses
every step of the way, over the next four to five months before a
formal consultation takes place.
Speaking about his appointment, he said: "It is a real privilege
to be involved in this important work. The NHS was born in Trafford
60 years ago and I am determined to help make sure it is fit for
purpose for the next 60 years.
"However, I shall make sure the process is open and
transparent, and that local health services are reviewed with local
Mr Schultz, who retired from local government 18 months
ago, will chair the health review's strategic programme board.
This was recently set up to bring health professionals and
managers together so that they can jointly review how health and
care services in Trafford should be organised in the future.
The review itself will focus on developing a new local health
service that is able to address the three main health challenges
These include balancing the budget, improving access to services
so people benefit from the right care, in the right place, at the
right time, and finally, improving outcomes not least through
reducing deaths from conditions such as cancer, respiratory disease
and cardio-vascular disease.
Mr Schultz added: "With the takeover of Trafford Healthcare NHS
Trust we have a unique and crucial opportunity to create a new
health deal in Trafford; one that improves outcomes and makes sure
health services can be sustained in the long term. But we
must work in partnership with local people over the coming months
to achieve this."
Mr Schultz has held, and continues to hold, a number of high
profile non-executive director roles for a range of non-profit
organisations, including Disability Stockport. He was awarded the
CBE for services to local government last year.
Dr Nigel Guest is a local GP and leader of the shadow Trafford
Clinical Commissioning Group, the body that will be responsible for
commissioning local health services from April 2013.
He welcomed today's news and said: "We know that we can do
things better clinically in Trafford and be innovative about how we
plan, manage and organise local health services. The takeover of
Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust creates that opportunity.
"Together local GPs and hospital consultants are determined to
make sure we work with local people over the next few months to
achieve a new health deal in Trafford. The appointment of Mr
Schultz confirms our commitment to ensure we are open and
transparent throughout that process."
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