Trusts welcome clearance to create new Hospital Trust

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) have welcomed the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) clearance of the Trusts’ planned merger.

In its final report, the CMA states that the merger 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. Other benefits include reductions in patient mortality, clinical complications and infection rates.

Kathy Cowell, Chairman of CMFT and Interim Chairman of the Interim Board of Directors for the new Trust, said: “We have made strong progress on our journey to demonstrate how creating one Trust will benefit patients across our city and the communities we serve. I would like to thank everyone involved in getting us to this stage and on track to create the new organisation in October.”

Barry Clare, Chairman of UHSM and Deputy Chairman of the Interim Board of Directors, said: “This is a welcome endorsement of the hard work of clinical and non-clinical staff from the two Trusts to date. We will continue to work together to move through the remaining process to create a new Trust that is fit and sustainable for the future.”

In addition to clearance from the CMA, the merger also needs the approval of the Trusts’ Boards of Directors as well as a satisfactory risk rating from NHS Improvement. The Council of Governors of both UHSM and CMFT will then be asked to vote to give assurance on the processes followed by the Trust Board in relation to the merger.

Subject to this, the new organisation will be created from CMFT and UHSM from 1 October 2017 and called Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT). The plan is then for North Manchester General Hospital to integrate with the new organisation around 12-18 months later.

Patients will benefit significantly from the creation of the city-wide hospital Trust through:

  • Better continuity of care wherever you are treated
  • Consistently high standards of services at all hospitals
  • Stronger teams sharing specialist skills 24/7
  • More opportunity to attract and keep the best staff
  • More joined up patient record and clinical systems
  • Less duplication and waste across sites
  • Increased opportunities to attract research funding.

Link to CMA Announcement: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/manchester-hospitals-merger-cleared-by-cma