Organisation begins for potential merger between South Tyneside and Sunderland.

Full Story The Shield’s Gazette, 18 January 2018.

Hospital chiefs in South Tyneside and Sunderland have opened up the possibility of becoming one organisation in the future. The move comes almost two years since the trusts came together to form the South Tyneside and Sunderland Healthcare Group. The boards of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust now say there is a ‘mutual desire’ to begin looking at whether the two organisations could merge. However, there is no suggestion that South Tyneside District Hospital would close as part of any new arrangement.