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Chairman's Bulletin March 2012

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Welcome to March's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and information about our Trust and what is going on in the NHS.

I'm sure you won't be surprised to see that I am beginning this month's bulletin with the exciting news of the official opening of our new hospitals by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh which took place on Friday 23rd March.

We were incredibly excited that we had been chosen as part of this year's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.  This was an historic occasion for the organisation.

A specially commissioned piece of music by the Royal Northern College of Music 'Diamonds, feathers and saxophones' was played as the Royal party exited the Royal Eye Hospital and Her Majesty was presented with the score in a commemorative book.

The event was attended by over 1,000 guests and members of staff and hundreds more lined the Boulevard to witness this spectacular event.

 

The acquisition of Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust (THT) by our Trust 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.

This means that the acquisition will take place on 1st April 2012.

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.

The acquisition will provide much greater financial stability and security for health services in Trafford.

If there is anything I can do to assist you in your role as a Governor, please contact me on 0161 276 8661 or at peter.mount@cmft.nhs.uk