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No to Dartford and Gravesham and Medway NHS trusts merger
HEALTH services in Dartford and Gravesham will not be merging with those in Medway, it has been announced.
Plans for Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, which runs Darent Valley Hospital, to join together with Medway Foundation Trust were first mooted in 2011.
It was hoped the move would reduce management costs and provide better frontline patient care.
But Dartford and Gravesham Trust chief executive Susan Acott today announced there would be no integration.
She said: “Following careful consideration it has been agreed by both Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust and Medway Foundation NHS Trust that it is not in the two organisations’ current interests to proceed with the integration.
“We will continue to work with Medway Hospital on a range of joint projects, and of course this does not preclude other areas of work at present or in the future where joint working proves mutually beneficial between us as neighbouring hospitals.
“The focus for the trust over the coming weeks and months is on delivery of high quality services and to integrate services in south London at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, and Erith Hospital.
“We are also working with partner organisations to strengthen our links with primary and community services.”
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