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26 April 2016, 17:48 | Updated: 27 April 2016, 05:24
The board of directors at Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust will meet on Monday 23 May at 11am in the Partnership Suite at Hinchingbrooke Hospital where they will discuss their response to an Outline Business Case which has been developed since January 2016 to explore the clinical benefits of working more closely with Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals.
On Tuesday 24 May, the board of directors at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will meet in the Board Room at Peterborough City Hospital to consider the same Outline Business Case.
Members of the public and Trust staff are being invited to attend both meetings.
In a joint statement, the two chief executives of the hospital Trusts, Lance McCarthy of Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust, and Stephen Graves, of Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:
"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 publically 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."
If a Full Business Case is required, this will be completed over the summer months.