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Petitions

Volume 605: debated on Monday 25 January 2016

Petition

Monday 25 January 2016

OBSERVATIONS

Health

Merger of NHS Trusts in Nottinghamshire

The petition of residents of Sherwood,

Declares that the petitioners support a full merger of their NHS Trust with a high-performing neighbouring Trust in order to secure the future of high quality healthcare provision in Newark; further that the petitioners support and will work constructively with the new Trust; and further that they support the hard working doctors, nurses and staff of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust including at Newark Hospital.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to encourage the full merger of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust with a neighbouring high-performing Trust.

And the petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Mark Spencer, Official Report, 16 December 2015; Vol. 603, c. 1652.]

[P001664]

Observations from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Ben Gummer): Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts (FTs), advises that Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS FT is, with the regulator’s support, exploring options for creating a long-term partnership with another trust. It is yet to be decided which organisation will become Sherwood’s long-term partner. In the interim, the trust is working hard to improve the quality of care for patients, in response to the Care Quality Commission’s report that was published last year.

The petition of residents of Newark,

Declares that the petitioners support a full merger of their NHS Trust with a high-performing neighbouring Trust in order to secure the future of high quality healthcare provision in Newark; further that the petitioners support and will work constructively with the new Trust; and further that they support the hard working doctors, nurses and staff of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust including at Newark Hospital.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to encourage the full merger of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust with a neighbouring high-performing Trust.

And the petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Robert Jenrick, Official Report, 16 December 2015; Vol. 603, c. 1652.]

[P001665]

Observations from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Ben Gummer): Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts (FTs), advises that Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS FT is, with the regulator’s support, exploring options for creating a long-term partnership with another trust. It is yet to be decided which organisation will become Sherwood’s long-term partner. In the interim, the trust is working hard to improve the quality of care for patients, in response to the Care Quality Commission’s report that was published last year.