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Hinchingbrooke Hospital: Local MP's reaction

Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly says Circle's decision to pull out of their contract running Hinchingbrooke Hospital was a shock and a shame.

However he says unions and other critics of privatisation had used the hospital as a "political football".

Circle was the first private healthcare operator to run an NHS hospital trust. It is pulling out claiming it is "no longer sustainable" due to funding cuts and pressure on its casualty department.

Click below to watch Matthew Hudson's full interview with Jonathan Djanogly MP

Hinchingbrooke Hospital: Patient care won't be affected

The first private healthcare operator to run an NHS hospital trust is to pull out of the deal, claiming it is "no longer sustainable" due to funding cuts and pressure on its casualty department.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital Credit: PA Wire

Circle Holdings said the level of cash it had pumped in to prop up Hinchingbrooke healthcare trust in Cambridgeshire was about to reach £5 million, meaning it would have the right to terminate the franchise.

A Department of Health spokesman said: "We're disappointed Circle has made this decision.

"There will now be a managed transfer of the running of the trust and patient care will not be affected."

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Circle does not have a 'sustainable future with Hinchingbrooke'

The Chief Executive of the Circle Partnership, a private company which runs Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon says its future with the NHS hospital is 'unsustainable' and that 'with great regret' it is looking to withdraw from its contract.

"After considerable thought and with great regret we have concluded that Circle’s involvement in Hinchingbrooke does not have a sustainable future in its existing form, and have entered into discussions with the Trust Development Authority with a view to withdrawing from the current contract."

– Steve Melton, Chief Executive of Circle

Circle took over the running of Hinchingbrooke in 2012 making it the only NHS hospital to be run privately in the UK.

The Chief Executive also said that times have changed since they took over the contract.

"Like most hospitals, over the past year we have seen unprecedented A&E attendances – at times up to 30% higher, year-on-year - and not enough care places for healthy patients who await discharge. Second, at the same time, our funding has been cut by approximately 10.1% this year. With these pressures on the system, to maintain the standards our patients deserve requires significant further investment, on top of the £4.84 million and considerable resources Circle have invested in the hospital to date."

– Steve Melton

Breaking News: Private company to pull out of running Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon Credit: ITV News Anglia

The company behind UK's only privately run hospital in Cambridgeshire is to pull out of its contract.

'Circle' has been running Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon since early 2012.

Today the company said that 'with regret we have concluded that Circle's involvement in Hinchingbrooke does not have a sustainable future in its existing form and have entered into discussions with a view to withdrawing from the contract.'

Hospital alerts: What's the state of your local hospital?

Hospitals across the country have been struggling to cope after being inundated with patients.

Some have put themselves on various states of alert.

Accident and Emergency alerts Credit: PA Wire

ITV News Anglia has contacted all the major hospitals in our region, and this is their current state of alert:

  • Addenbrooke's Hospital: Major Incident
  • Peterborough City Hospital: Internal Major Incident
  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn: Internal Black Alert

  • Basildon and Thurrock Hospital: Internal Black Alert

  • Norfolk and Norfolk Hospital: Black Alert

  • Southend University Hospital: Black Alert

  • Milton Keynes Hospital: Black Alert

  • West Suffolk Hospital: Black Alert

  • Bedford Hospital: Significant Incident

  • The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow: Significant Incident

  • Colchester Hospital: Red Alert

  • Kettering Hospital: Red Alert

  • Northampton Hospital: Red Alert

  • West Hertfordshire Hospital: Red Alert

  • James Paget Hospital: Red Alert

  • Ipswich Hospital: Amber Alert

  • Luton and Dunstable Hospital: No Alert

  • Hinchingbrooke Hospital: No Alert

  • Broomfield Hospital: Awaiting response

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A & E waiting times: Our report on hospitals in the east of the Anglia region

Figures released today reveal the worst figures for dealing with accident and emergency patients in a decade.

For the second time in a week, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has declared a major internal incident because of the pressure it's facing and has cancelled some routine operations.

Just two of the hospitals in the east of the region have met the Government's target of dealing with patients within four hours

Click below to watch our report from Malcolm Robertson.

A & E waiting times: Our report on hospitals in the west of the Anglia region

Accident and emergency departments are being pushed to breaking point by increased winter demand.

Figures out today show many hospitals in our region are failing to meet Government targets of treating patients within a four hour deadline.

At Addenbrookes' Hospital in Cambridge only three quarters of patients were seen within that time.

Click below to watch Sarah Cooper's report on how hospitals in the west of the Anglia region are coping with the pressure.

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