Friday, 8 July 2011

Lansley urged to speed up hospital franchise deal

Health Minister, Andrew Lansley has been urged to push the government to sign off the new franchise agreement for Huntingdon’s Hinchingbrooke Hospital to end the uncertainty for patients and staff.

The call comes from Geoff Heathcock, Cambridgeshire County Council Shadow Cabinet Member for Health in a letter to Mr Lansley.

Cllr Heathcock says the hospital needs to be able to make plans for the future with certainty.

He said: “This needs to be brought to a head quickly. Patients and staff need the long awaited stability that this agreement will bring. They have faced a long wait for reassurance over the hospital’s future.

“I have asked Mr Lansley to urge the Treasury speed up the process and sign off the franchise agreement.”

Under the franchise agreement, private health provider, Circle, will run the hospital.