Peterborough City Hospital could merge with Hinchingbrooke

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A recommendation to merge Peterborough City Hospital with Hinchingbrooke could be made at the end of April.

The trusts which run both hospitals have already signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work closer together.

The options being considered include sharing back office work, joining up clinical teams, or even a full merger.

Stephen Graves, Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust CEO, said regulators would decide whether to support or oppose any recommendation.

He added: “I’m conscious that if some of these options do not have a negative effect on services, or have a positive effect, and reduce back office costs, I can’t help but be attracted to them even though there might be fewer people like me.

“You could imagine a few quite small services coming together and being located in one or either place. But we would consult with the public about that.”

Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly has already started a petition against any merger.

MP for Peterborough Stewart Jackson said: “Maybe some staff and functions will need to be shared with Hinchingbrooke and a new trust arrangement put in place. The status quo cannot endure without a potential reduction in patient services.”

North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara said: “Where Peterborough City Hospital and Hinchingbrooke can work together to make savings, for example with management and IT, then clearly this should be looked at.”