21 January 2021
Following discussions with NHS England (NHSE) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), the Hampshire Together: Modernising our Hospitals and Health Services programme has rescheduled its planned public consultation for later in 2021.
Hampshire Together remains part of the government’s New Hospital Programme and, if it is decided that the best way forward is to create a new hospital for Hampshire, it is still on course to begin construction by 2025.
Dr Matt Nisbet, clinical lead for business and partnerships at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of CCGs, said: “We were ready to consult with the public in January as per our original plan, but following discussions with our national partners we have collectively taken the decision to move public consultation to later in the year.
“This will enable us to undertake further work so we can put forward the best case to get the very most for everyone across the area.”
Hampshire Together is recognised for being one of the more advanced projects within the second phase of the New Hospital Programme and work will continue at pace. This will include additional engagement work with staff, patients and the general public as well as on the clinical model and services.
Alex Whitfield, chief executive of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are very grateful for the extensive assistance we have received from colleagues at NHSE and the DHSC throughout.
“Holding our consultation later in the year brings us into line with the wider national programme and will add additional rigour to our assurance process.
“In addition, it is important to note that the continued and increasing pressures of COVID-19, along with the largest vaccination programme ever to be undertaken in this country, mean that anything to reduce demands on our staff at this time can only be a positive.
“Finally, I’d like to say a huge thank you to the NHS staff and all of our partners, who have worked incredibly hard over the last few months to get the programme ready for consultation. The work carried out so far will be invaluable when we do come to consult with, patients, staff and the public.”