Two hospital's in North Yorkshire could be set to merge.
2:25pm 28th October 2010
(Updated 4:40pm 28th October 2010)
Financial problems at Scarborough Hospital could start effecting services in York.
Health officials from the coast have approached the District Hospital asking if the two hospital could potentially merge.
Scarborough Hospital is currently in debt up to £4 million.
Historically they've been in the red to the tune of £12 million, but have slowly been paying it off.
Patrick Crowley, Cheif Executive of the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has just released this statement.
“To become a Foundation Trust, hospital trusts are required to meet certain clinical and financial standards, which make them fit for a long term future as an independent organisation working within the context of the NHS.
“York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust have been working closely with NHS Yorkshire and the Humber and other health partners over the last few months to determine how this can be achieved for Scarborough and the services provided in the surrounding areas.
“The Board of Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust has approached us to explore the potential for a partnership that can help secure clinically and financially sustainable services, to which we have yet to formally respond.
“All partners are hopeful that we can continue the alliances and partnerships already developed to provide health services for this population.”
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