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Trust merger official

12th April 2007

The Department of Health has confirmed that the merger between the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and the neighbouring Good Hope Hospital NHS Trust has been approved.

On 30 March 2007, Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt gave the merger the go-ahead and the two Trusts joined on 8 April. The approval of the merger follows a 14-week public consultation period and creates one of the biggest Trusts in the UK. The approved union is described by the Department of Health as 'the country's first acquisition of its kind.'

In February 2006, Good Hope Hospital voted in unanimous agreement to merge with a bigger organisation. The hospital had been under considerable financial strain. The Heart of England NHS Trust declared: 'the partnership offers a local sustainable solution.' All services, including Accident and Emergency, will continue to be offered to local residents at the hospital in Sutton Coldfield.

Cynthia Bower, Chief Executive of NHS West Midlands, said: "For the first time in many years, after a long period of instability for patients and staff, there is now a secure and bright future for Good Hope Hospital."

The larger Heart of England Trust now includes four hospitals: Birmingham Heartlands, Birmingham Chest Clinic, Solihull and Good Hope. Close to 10,000 staff will work with a population of 1.5 million people, covering Solihull, Birmingham and parts of South Staffordshire.

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Article Information

Title: Trust merger official
Author: Laura E
Article Id: 2528
Date Added: 12th Apr 2007


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