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“Our running of Hinchingbrooke is unsustainable”

Steve Melton, Chief Executive of Circle

Like most hospitals, over the past year Hinchingbrooke saw unprecedented A&E attendances and not enough care places for healthy patients awaiting discharge. At the same time, our funding has been cut. We also believe that inconsistent and conflicting regulatory regimes compound the challenge for acute hospitals in this environment.

This combination of factors means we have now reluctantly concluded that, in its existing form, Circle’s involvement in Hinchingbrooke is unsustainable.

We have entered into discussions with the Trust Development Authority, and the patients of Huntingdon are our absolute priority in these talks.

I would like to pay tribute to the amazing work of our staff. I will be speaking personally to them over the coming days and weeks. I’ve been humbled by the compassion, dedication, and professionalism of doctors, nurses, and managers. The hospital’s remarkable improvement over the past two years is a credit to them.

Michael Kirkwood, Chairman of Circle

It is with regret and after considerable thought we make this announcement. The Board has unanimously concluded that current conditions in the healthcare economy and regulatory environment are unsustainable for a franchise operator. We are proud of our colleagues’ achievements at Hinchingbrooke.

Circle remains a committed partner of the NHS at our elective treatment centres and independent hospitals. Our clinician-led and employee co-owned model has a proven track record of efficiency and quality improvement, and we will continue to play a substantial role in the NHS.

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One Response to ““Our running of Hinchingbrooke is unsustainable””

  1. wm says:

    ‘private enterprise works’ NOT!
    As soon as they find they won’t trouser large mounts of money, come under pressure and get dammed by the independent CQC they try to hand back the keys.
    THe NHS is probably better off without this lot

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