Welcome change of heart on key ICS boundaries but integration gains must not be lost in other boundary changes
22 July 2021
Responding to today's integrated care system (ICS) boundaries review decisions, the chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson, said:
"We are delighted that the new secretary of state has listened to the views of NHS trusts in Frimley and the East of England. They, and we, argued strongly for no change and we are pleased these arguments have been heard.
"However, we are disappointed with the decision to move boundaries in Bassetlaw and Glossop given the views of NHS trusts in these areas.
"It is vital that the change process in these areas, and in West Birmingham, is co-designed and co-controlled by the trusts affected so they can do all they can to preserve the gains in integrated care that have been made over the last few years and minimise disruption to services. Otherwise there is a risk to patient care.
"We are grateful for public ministerial acknowledgment of the helpful role NHS Providers has played in this process to ensure that trusts' views were fully and properly represented."