An authoritative review has recommended that all hospital services in the city of Manchester should be run by a single, new city-wide NHS trust.
The recommendation would mean a new trust running services currently provided at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust and North Manchester General Hospital – which is run by Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
“I believe that the resulting organisation would provide the clarity of leadership and the decision-making authority necessary”
The review only considered services in the city of Manchester, not wider Greater Manchester.
Central Manchester has said it ”strongly” supports starting discussions about creating a single trust, while South Manchester said it was committed to considering the proposal.
The independent review, conducted by Sir Jonathan Michael, the well regarded former trust chief executive, will be discussed by the city council’s health and wellbeing board next week.
Sir Jonathan rejected the idea of creating a “hospital chain”, which is the model being pursued by nearby acute trusts in Salford, Wigan and Bolton.
In a letter to the council published today, he wrote: “The integration of all acute hospital services across the city of Manchester, into a new organisation, will provide the best opportunity for ensuring that all services are raised to the standard of the best.
“I believe that the resulting organisation would provide the clarity of leadership and the decision-making authority necessary to ensure current variation in hospital services is addressed,” he said.
He added: “The North Manchester General Hospital site currently sits within the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. My recommendation proposes that this hospital site and its services should be transferred into a new city-wide NHS trust.”
The first stage of his review had previously recommended that cardiac services be consolidated on one hospital site, and several other specialties organised as “single services”.
Sir Mike Deegan, chief executive of Central Manchester, said he was “strongly supportive” of the recommendation to enter into discussions about how to create a single organisation, while South Manchester chair Barry Clare said the trust was “fully committed” to consider the proposal.
Sir David Dalton, chief executive of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust who is also interim chief of Pennine Acute, said the proposals should take account of the ongoing review of services in the North East of Greater Manchester.