Today Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority issued a press release in response to Rosie Cooper MPs announcement over the proposed merger of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust with Aintree and Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen Hospital Trusts.
In the press release the Strategic Health Authority indicated “that at no stage had the SHA discussed active plans for mergers of trusts within its area.”
Below is a written question on hospital mergers tabled by Rosie Cooper MP to the Department of Health, which states ‘formal discussions’ had begun.
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the potential effect the mergers of hospitals across Liverpool and Southport and Ormskirk will have on patient choice.
Mr. Byrne: National health service trusts in Liverpool, Sefton, Southport and West Lancashire have begun formal discussions to review the configuration of trusts in the area in order to determine whether the current organisational structure is best placed to deliver the best possible services to meet the needs of patients. Cheshire and Merseyside strategic health authority advises that it has not pre-determined the outcome of the work and any conclusions will be pursued if they are demonstrably in patients' interests.