The boards of Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals and Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts have decided to pause their proposed merger planning to allow more time to focus on the financial position.
In the light of the significant pressures on the English Health Service, both financially and operationally, both trusts have work to do on their own individual areas of challenge. In addition, both trusts need to ensure that we take account of the national and regional policies as they change and become clear.
Current predictions however mean that the merger plans – as they are currently described – would not be able to realise the expected benefits needed to make the merger viable, and thus the benefits to patients. The deteriorating financial position at Royal Surrey is a significant contributing factor, which both boards have taken into account as part of their review of the current situation.