The STP says that five acute sites are not sustainable. Which one will you close?
We are not proposing to close any hospitals. We are likely to continue to need all of our hospitals, but we do not think that every hospital has to provide all of the same services.
Our initial work suggests that having five hospitals all providing A&E, obstetrics, specialist children’s services, intensive care and emergency surgery may not be clinically or financially sustainable, but we need to do some further modelling of expected future need, to find the optimum number hospital sites where those services should be provided.
This will include looking at all possible configurations, including continuing to provide all these services on five sites. We will consider all options that will ensure high quality, sustainable and accessible services for local people, including networking services between different sites.