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Harrison on Healthier Together

b11-1231 Joe Harrison new Chief Executive of Bedford Hospital. JE wk 43

b11-1231 Joe Harrison new Chief Executive of Bedford Hospital. JE wk 43

Hospital boss Joe Harrison has claimed that if teaming up with other hospitals does not benefit patients, it will not happen.

Mr Harrison was speaking to the Times & Citizen about Healthier Together, a system of working which is currently being discussed, where services for more complex treatments would be pooled between hospitals in the region.

The scheme, which is still in its infant stages, has promoted concern from local councillors who say that it would mean services such as obstetrics would not longer be available at Bedford Hospital.

Mr Harrison said: “Clinicians from different hospitals are working together to decide what the best models are.

“Where there has been some challenge surrounding some of the models it has gone straight to the papers and that does not help. I could understand it if there was a big decision out there, but nothing has happened at the moment.”

He added: “I think it will bring clinical enhancements to services and it has to otherwise we wouldn not be allowed to do it.

“It must at least maintain the status quo and at best deliver significant enhancements and get the best value for public money.”

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