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UK creates biggest NHS Trust

1st October 2007

The biggest single NHS organisation in the country has been created by the merger of some of London’s leading teaching hospitals and Imperial College.

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The venture will see the creation of Britain’s first academic health science centre with the move aimed at keeping the UK at the forefront of academic medicine and treatment.

In the merger, St Mary’s NHS Trust and Hammersmith Hospital - which already incorporates the Charing Cross hospital - will join with Imperial College and its medical school to create the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

The new organisation will have an annual research and treatment budget of almost £1billion.

The principal of Imperial College’s medicine faculty Professor Steve Smith will be chief executive of the new trust as well as principal of the medical school.

He said the merger reflected the need for scale and for the integration of research, care and teaching to allow the UK to continue to attract top quality staff and compete in biomedical research at a global level. Almost a third of the senior medical staff in the new organisation are medical academics.

He pointed out that the merger was far from a case of a successful hospital taking over failing ones but more a case of “three already top-class bodies coming together.?

Imperial College is regarded as one of the top five universities for biomedical research in the world while the Hammersmith and St Mary’s trusts rate in the top three in the UK for quality of care and clinical performance.

 

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Frank Caddy

Wednesday 3rd October 2007 @ 16:48

The recently formed Belfast Health & Social Care Trust has an annual budget well in excess of £1billion.


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