Trust merger likely to be delayed

Full Story at HSJ 11 April 2018

The acquisition of a hospital trust by its high performing neighbour is now “likely” delayed for a whole year.

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital Foundation Trust had originally intended to take over Bedford Hospital Trust at the start of April 2018. Capital of £44m has been requested for Bedford Hospital

In February, Luton and Dunstable confirmed the acquisition would be delayed as financial agreements with NHS Improvement were “not yet in place”. The trust is seeking considerable capital support – £106m for its site and approximately £44m for Bedford.