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Hinchingbrooke Hospital to keep A&E and maternity departments

By Adrian Curtis

What a waste! £16m worth of taxpayers money down the drain in failed NHS partnership contract.
What a waste! £16m worth of taxpayers money down the drain in failed NHS partnership contract.

Plans reveal Hinchingbrooke to keep A&E and Maternity

Residents across Cambridgeshire have been boosted by the decision to keep A&E and maternity departments at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

The move was included in a ‘Fit for the Future’ document released by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The document set out the plans for health in the county over a five-year period – aimed at saving around £250m by 2021.

The proposals focus on hospital services, community healthcare, mental health, social care and GP services and allayed fears that a potential merger between Hinchingbrooke, Peterborough and Stamford hospitals would mean losing services.

Tracy Dowling, chief officer at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, said: “Our local NHS and local government officers, through discussion with our staff, patients, carers and partners, have developed a plan to keep the population fit for the future and to take joint responsibility for improving our population’s health and wellbeing.

“The vision is to deliver this is as a collaborative leadership - working together within our shared budget to deliver our agreed clinical models and priorities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, to ensure that local health and care services are clinically and financially sustainable, making the best use of money allocated to us.”

The changes would see more emphasis placed on providing health care services closer to resident’s homes and tighter links between everyone who provides health, social and mental health care.

Dr Alex Gimson, consultant physician and hepatologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and clinical lead for the sustainability and transformation plan, said: “The plan has been developed by clinicians and managers and we recognise the scale of changes required is significant and delivery will be challenging. We want staff, patients, carers and the public to be the centre of this programme – to hear their thoughts on this proposed plan and help shape services - as it will only be successful if we work out the details together.”

Doctors and nurses will work across a number of hospitals and share their expertise while residents will be encouraged and supported to maintain their own health to help make the service more financially sustainable.

Dr Gary Howsam, clinical chair at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, and GP partner at New Queen Street Surgery, Whittlesey and Stanground Surgery, said: “We need to change the way we meet the health and care needs of our 900,000-plus residents. Our plan aims to improve the quality of services we provide, encourage and support people to take action to maintain their own health and wellbeing.”


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