At a meeting held in public on Thursday 24 August 2017, the trust boards of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust approved a business case that recommended developing a single organisation with fully integrated clinical services.

The decision means that the trusts will now proceed to develop a full and detailed plan to form a new organisation that will run both hospitals as well as community services in parts of Suffolk.

Nick Hulme, Chief Executive of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust said:

“I’m pleased that the Colchester and Ipswich hospital boards have supported the development of our trusts into a single organisation with full integration. Getting to this point has involved a huge amount of work and I’m grateful to our staff, patients and partners for taking the time to share their views on the various options we were exploring.”

“We now have the challenge of setting out how we will create a new trust. For this we will be asking the public, our patients, staff and stakeholders to help us define more clearly what we want to achieve and how we can improve services. This is a landmark opportunity for us to create the future for healthcare in this part of East Anglia and I’m looking forward to sharing our blueprint for a new organisation in the early part of next year.”

A full programme of staff and public engagement will now be developed to help shape the detailed finalised plans.