IMPORTANT *This is NOT about Manchester having only one hospital*. The ambition here is to bring all Manchester’s hospital services under one contract – in other words to require them to work together in ways which don’t currently happen.
On 1 October 2017, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) joined with the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) to form the new Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT). The hospitals included are: Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Saint Mary's Hospital, The University Dental Hospital, Altrincham Hospital, Trafford General Hospital, Wythenshawe Hospital, and Withington Community Hospital. This will then be joined by North Manchester General Hospital, currently part of the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, 12-18 months later.
The aim of this programme is to standardise care across the city and will bring the opportunity to increase research and education in the region, reduce duplication, integrate patient record systems, and recruit and retain the best staff. The individual hospitals will retain their current names. A letter confirming the new city-wide trust was sent in early October.
September 2017 saw the merger receive approval from the CMFT and UHSM Boards of Directors. Also, NHS Improvement issued a satistfactory 'amber' risk rating for the new Trust, the final component in the approvals process.
In August, the Competition and Markets Authority cleared the merger, stating that it will lead to substantial benefits for patients including those at risk of heart attacks or strokes and those needing vascular surgery or kidney stone removal.
Good progress was being made to create a New Manchester-wide hospital trust according to the March 2017 Single Hospital Service Programme Bulletin. The update also asked for views about the name of the new trust and gave you an opportunity to give your views about the future shape of the trust via a short survey.