On Thursday 29 March, the boards of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust considered the Full Business Case for the merger of the two trusts.

David White, Chair of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust said:” Both Boards have approved the full business case at their meeting in public this afternoon. This is an historic moment in the lives of both organisations and one that I am personally very proud of as I feel it will bring significant benefits to our patients and the health and well-being of everyone in North Essex and East Suffolk.

“Our aim for the merger is to see our patients at the right time, to attract and retain the best staff and to provide the latest treatments locally. Joining together will help us do this - as the largest NHS trust in the region we will have the scale to save, strengthen and even grow some services. This won’t happen if we carry on as two medium sized organisations.”

The full business case will now be considered by NHS regulators before being formally approved by Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health. The merger could be approved and in place by July 2018.

All of the documents and the full business case itself can be read under Publications on this site.