On Wednesday 15th July, commissioners agreed new standards of care for emergency medicine and general surgery (surgery on the abdomen and bowels) in all hospitals across Greater Manchester.
Under the Healthier Together proposals, ‘single services’ will be formed - networks of linked hospitals working in partnership. This means care will be provided by a team of medical staff who will work together across a number of hospital sites within the single service. All hospitals will improve to ensure they meet the quality and safety standards.
The new standards will mean an additional 35 consultants recruited across A&E and general surgery, a minimum of 12 hours of consultant cover in A&E seven days a week, and a consultant surgeon and anaesthetist present for all high risk general surgical operations. All hospitals will keep their existing specialisms and will continue to provide care to their local populations as they do now.
FAQs related to the decision 23rd July 2015