What are the expected benefits of the merger?
We have listened to and acted upon what local people have to say at each step of our journey to improving care.
This has been through ongoing discussions over the last three years, either as part of the Healthy Liverpool Programme, One Liverpool and the Shaping Sefton plans, or insights gathered from local communities and feedback from patients regarding their experiences of care.
People have told us they recognise the challenges facing our services and the differences in how we provide care. They also told us they want to be offered the same, high standard of treatment regardless of where treatment takes place, and they want to be seen by the right staff who are experts in the treatment and management of their condition.
The concept of single teams working across the city for the benefit of all patients was well received, as was our approach to separating unplanned and planned care, where possible, to better manage demand. We were asked to improve psychological support to patients and consider their mental health, not just physical health.
This feedback has helped shape how we are approaching bringing teams together and the improvements which we will aim to make.
Why merge to get these benefits?
The closer the partnership, the fewer barriers we will have in creating single services across the city. We are already working together in some areas, and can see further areas for development.
The merger is key to delivering the benefits we have identified, as neither hospital can deliver the full range of benefits alone. This is because the clinical expertise and resource to deliver the benefits can only be achieved through collaboration or changing how services operate.
In reality this can only be achieved by a merger as it will remove the individual organisational barriers.
When will a decision on the merger proposal be made?
We believe merging the two organisations is the right thing for patients and we are making the case for this. Much of the decision making timeline is outside our control as NHS Improvement, the hospital regulators, must assess the proposal, but we expect to have a decision by Autumn 2019.
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