Trusts merge in ‘momentous occasion’

 Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare Trust has officially merged with York Hospitals Foundation Trust after failing to gain foundation trust status.

The Trust has suffered financial difficulties for the past decade and health bosses decided a merger was required with the York trust to maintain high standards.

Patrick Crowley, Chief Executive of York Hospitals Foundation Trusts, says the merger is a “momentous occasion” as no two acute trusts within a 45 mile radius have ever merged together.

It’s reported that the newly-merged trust will be given additional funding towards the basic operational costs of the Scarborough trust – which has around 2,500 staff. The trust also received £8m last year as part of the deal.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming staff from Scarborough trust into our organisation and to hearing their ideas about how we can continue to provide the very best services for our patients,” said Mr Crowley.

He added that “much of the detailed work” will now be conducted to “integrate the two organisations” to generate the best results and services for patients.