Health bosses have mooted plans to shut Wirral’s Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge hospitals and move to a new site in Ellesmere Port, according to sources.
The Liverpool ECHO was leaked an email that describes a meeting in which senior officials reportedly discussed how the Countess of Chester, Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge hospitals could be replaced by a single unit in Ellesmere Port
The NHS has since said in a statement that it has “no current plans” to merge the hospitals, but admitted “all options” are being considered.
The leaked email says the “direction of travel” is towards hospital mergers, adding that Arrowe Park, Clatterbridge and the Countess of Chester will be “replaced” by a single mega hospital somewhere near Ellesmere Port some time in the future.
The Wirral West MP, Margaret Greenwood said this earlier that the closure of Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge would be “devastating”.
The cost of running the NHS in Merseyside and Cheshire will rise to £6.8bn over the next five years, but funding will only be £5.8bn.
This means a huge £999M deficit which health chiefs are going to have to solve, they are putting together an STP, sustainability and transformation plan to explain this.
A leaked copy of the STP, says “To transform our services, we need to reduce demand, reduce unwarranted variation and reduce cost.”
The document says there is an “appetite for hospital re-configuration” because the existing set-up is “currently unaffordable”.
An NHS England spokesman has since said this afternoon: “We can confirm that there are no current plans to develop a single site hospital for Wirral and Cheshire, however, all options to achieve clinical and financial sustainability are being considered as part of the STP development process.
“Radical solutions may be discussed in meetings but then not included in the final Cheshire and Merseyside STP document.
“We need to do this initial work before we are in a position to formally release the STP document.”
CREDIT: LIVERPOOL ECHO