Ashford & St Peter’s and Royal Surrey County Hospitals pause merger

18th March 2016

On 7th March, the Royal Surrey County Hospital and Ashford & St Peter’s Hospital Trusts announced that the boards have made the joint decision to pause the merger process in order to allow more time to focus on the financial position.

The extract below is taken from the joint press release. The full version can be found by following this link. 

“In the light of the significant pressures on the NHS nationally, both financially and operationally, both Trusts have work to do on their own individual areas of challenge. In addition, both Trusts need to ensure that we take account of the national and regional policies as they change and become clear.

Current predictions however mean that the merger plans – as they are currently described – would not be able to realise the anticipated benefits needed to make the merger viable, and thus the benefits to patients. The deteriorating financial position at Royal Surrey is a significant contributing factor, which both Boards have taken into account as part of their review of the current situation.

The Boards’ decision to pause our detailed merger work is in order to refresh our position and consider the implications, in particular focusing on getting the finances back on track. This is very much a joint decision and one that both Boards feel puts us in a mutually beneficial position to create the solid foundation needed for the new organisation to be successful.

In taking this decision, both Boards still believe that creating a bigger, stronger organisation is one of the best ways to secure and protect high quality services for patients. During this pause, we will continue to pursue those areas where it is sensible to look for savings and better ways of working together.”

In response to this announcement, Healthwatch Surrey issued the following response to local media:

Kate Scribbins, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Surrey said:

“It is critical that the Trusts continue to be open and transparent with the public about the merger process and how these decisions will or will not affect their healthcare. We would also urge the Trusts to continue to ensure that patients, their families and carers remain at the heart of their plans and decisions going forward. If people have concerns about this or any other about their local health or social care issue, we would encourage them to contact their local Healthwatch”


For the BBC news article follow this link