The NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) has today announced that it is ending the transaction between Weston Area Health NHS Trust (WAHT) and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust (TSFT).
The priority throughout this process has been to find a solution for WAHT that consistently delivers high quality care for patients in a sustainable way.
Following a careful evaluation process, including engagement with Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, the NHS TDA has concluded that the business case does not represent a sustainable future for a newly combined organisation and as such, has taken the decision to end the ‘transaction’ process.
Discussions are already under way with NHS England, NHS TDA, local commissioners, local providers and Weston Area Health NHS Trust to establish a programme which will involve the NHS working with local people and stakeholders to develop recommendations for a new sustainable service model for the Weston site and the North Somerset Population. This will be based on work to understand the future health and social care needs of the population and any recommendations will need to be consistent with the vision set out nationally in the 5-Year Forward View.
Anne Eden, Director of Delivery and Development at the NHS Trust Development Authority said:
“I understand that people will want to know what is next for Weston. Since we started this process with the Trust, the world has moved on. The NHS is implementing the national Five Year Forward View and looking at new ways of providing care to patients while dealing with a financially challenging time. As such we need to think differently about what the future looks like for Weston.
“Following significant discussion and evaluation it is our considered view that, together, the two organisations would not represent a clinically or financially viable organisation, and as a result, an acquisition is not the right solution in this case. I would like to thank both Taunton and Somerset and Weston Area Health for the time and energy they have put into this process.”
NHS England’s South West Director of Commissioning Operations, Mark Cooke, said:
“Our first priority is to reassure staff and the public that we continue to see the hospital as an important part of the local NHS.
“All parts of the NHS are committed to working together to find the best possible way of ensuring local people have high quality, safe services that are sustainable for the future.”
The analysis completed so far as part of the existing business case will provide evidence and insight for discussions going forward.