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Protest march in Huntingdon over possible plans for hospital merger

The march took place through Huntingdon Credit: ITV News Anglia

Around one hundred people joined a march through a Cambridgeshire town to protest over possible plans to merge two of the county's hospitals.

Led by the MP for Huntingdon, Jonathan Djanogly, the march went through Huntingdon to Hinchingbrooke Hospital, one of the hospitals which could merge with Peterborough.

Supported by the 'Hands of Hinchingbrooke' group, people are concerned that the hospital will lose its independence.

"I recently met with the Chairmen of Peterborough and Hinchingbrooke Hospitals to discuss the current proposals for Hinchingbrooke. The outcome of that meeting was confirmation that a merger is still very much on the table, something I remain vehemently opposed to."

– Jonathan Djanogly MP, Huntingdon, Con
Marching through Huntingdon Credit: ITV News Anglia

The two Trusts are looking at ways they can work more closely together.

  • Option 1 - Do nothing for now.
  • Option 2 - Shared back office function - leading an integrated back office.
  • Option 3 - As per option 2, plus two boards, one executive team and one operational organisation.
  • Option 4 - One organisation

"In our original timetable for this work, our respective boards planned to discuss the Outline Business Case document in private meetings to be held at the end of April.

However it is clear that both Trust boards are committed to making their decisions publicly on how we progress the Outline Business Case, which is why we have rearranged the meetings for a few weeks later to ensure they can be held outside of the constraints of the pre-election period.

If the boards of each Trust agree that they want to pursue options 2, 3 or 4, the next steps will be to produce a Full Business Case to set out how the chosen option will be put into operation. Should this be the case, both Trusts are committed to engaging with members of the public to help inform the Full Business Case."

– Joint statement from Lance McCarthy of Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust and Stephen Graves, Peterborough & Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation