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Chairman's Bulletin November 2011

Chairman's Bulletin November 2011

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

I am pleased to report that plans for Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust to become part of our organisation from April 2012 are on track and progressing well.

Although Trafford provides high-quality services, the gap between its income and its costs is now too large to close just by working more efficiently. Joining a large teaching trust like ours will provide economies of scale, as well as greater opportunities for education, training, research and clinical sub-specialisation.

Clinicians, managers and other staff from Trafford Healthcare Trust and our Trust are already working closely together to ensure that the acquisition takes place smoothly, with no complications or adverse effects for patients or staff.

Malcolm Chiswick, our lead governor has written to you seeking your support for the acquisition of Trafford Healthcare Trust and I can assure you that the Board has undertaken a thorough examination of the risks and has given the acquisition its full support.

You will have no doubt heard about the Industrial Action planned for 30th November across the public sector.  This will obviously have an impact on our organisation and managers are working hard to ensure that we can provide as many services as possible.  There will, however be groups of patients who will be having their out-patient appointments or procedures re-arranged for another day.

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.