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Acquisition moves one step closer

Posted on Thursday 27th December 2012
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The Cumberland Infirmary

The acquisition of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, takes a major step forward this week with approval from the Co-operation and Competition Panel (CCP).

Given the strong record of clinical and financial performance of Northumbria Healthcare and its unique expertise in delivering high quality care to dispersed rural communities, the CCP have judged that the acquisition is well placed to realise benefits in a quick and timely manner for the communities of North Cumbria. 

The CCP assessment forms part of the normal regulatory process that needs to take place prior to any acquisition taking place in the NHS and is a positive step forward as work progresses to complete the acquisition as soon as possible.

Following the CCP approval, a new timetable for the acquisition will be agreed in the New Year and in the meantime extended interim management arrangements will be agreed with the focus on improving the quality and safety of care delivered to patients.

The CCP looked in detail in all aspects of the acquisition including:

  • The impact of the acquisition on choice for patients and on the competition between health providers
  • Challenges faced by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust over the years both in quality, performance and finance
  • Opportunities to deliver high standards of patient care enabled by clinical leadership
  • Potential savings that could be realised from the partnership
  • Strengths that Northumbria Healthcare can bring to transform current clinical and financial performance

All parties remain fully committed to complete the acquisition as soon as possible.

Mike Little, Chairman of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust said: “This is fantastic news for both our patients and staff and a very welcome step forward in the acquisition process.  We are continuing to work as quickly and thoroughly as possible to complete the acquisition and our core focus throughout remains improving the quality and safety of care for patients.

“Following the interim management arrangements, which were put in place in September, we are now beginning to see some positive changes starting to take place.  I would to thank all staff for their continued commitment to delivering the best possible quality of healthcare for our patients.”

Jim Mackey, Chief Executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said: “This is great news.  The CCP approval is an important milestone and is testament to the strong commitment from both organisations for this acquisition to bring real benefits to patients.  We continue to work closely with colleagues at North Cumbria and I would like to thank staff at both organisations for their continued hard work and commitment over recent months.”