"Creation of a new trust signifies a time of major, positive change in health services for the people of Staffordshire."
The NHS in Staffordshire is to receive an additional investment of well over £250m when hospital services in Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent are brought together into a single new NHS Trust. When additional investments are included for services moving to the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust the figure rises to well over £300m.
This is considerably more than the Trust Special Administrators estimated would be required to transform health services in Staffordshire and represents a strong commitment to ensuring the stability and future resilience of health services in this part of the country.
On 1 November 2014 the new NHS Trust will come into being. It will be called the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust. It will be a single Trust with two hospitals of equal importance - one in Stafford and one in Stoke-on-Trent.
It will incorporate the activities of the current University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust (UHNS) and most of the activities of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (MSFT). Some of the services provided by MSFT will transfer to the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.
The hospitals in Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent will be known as the County Hospital (in Stafford) and the Royal Stoke University Hospital (in Stoke-on-Trent).
The creation of the new Trust, the new investment and the hospital name changes are subject to the final approval of the UHNS board, the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) board and the Secretary of State for Health. The UHNS board is meeting to consider the final package of proposals this afternoon (Tuesday 14 October) and the TDA board is meeting tomorrow (Wednesday 15 October).
Mark Hackett, Chief Executive of UHNS and Chief Executive designate of the new University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust said...
"This is a moment of major, positive change for the people of Staffordshire and their local NHS. We have succeeded in negotiating a very substantial investment of over a quarter of a billion pounds into NHS services in Staffordshire. This will enable us to expand and develop our hospitals to the very real benefit of local people. Safety will be our number one priority with safer care in better facilities, more follow up care in local settings and better access to specialist care. I now urge everybody to support these positive changes and to support our dedicated and committed NHS staff who will be working hard to make them a reality over the coming months."