Basildon, Southend and Broomfield hospitals discuss merger plans

From BBC - January 9, 2018

Three hospital trusts are to discuss merger proposals that would create one of the largest NHS trusts.

The boards of Basildon, Southend and Broomfield hospitals in Essex will meet on Wednesday to approve the formal start of the process.

A merger would "modernise services" and make care "more reliable and safer for patients", a consultants' report said.

But a campaign group said the move would reduce the number of services and affect staff pay and conditions.

The three trusts have a combined financial deficit of more than 49m, according to board papers.

A new single organisation covering all three areas could be in place by April 2019.

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A public consultation will run until 9 March, with a final decision to be made in the summer.


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