BEDFORD Hospital bosses met with health services and staff from across the area this week, to discuss plans to become a foundation trust.
The two-day summit has brought together local councils, NHS Bedfordshire, GPs and the ambulance service, as well as hospital doctors, nurses, staff councillors and trade union reps.
Bedford Hospital first began its plans for foundation trust status seven years ago, and the meeting will help shape whether the hospital continues with the plans, and whether to do so alone or with a partner.
Hospital chief executive Joe Harrison said: “This event marks the start of proactive discussions about how the trust can best achieve NHS foundation trust status within the national timeframe.
“The discussions during this two-day event will focus on the best way of making sure we have a local hospital that meets the needs of local people now and in the future.
“We are a well performing hospital, providing high quality services to patients, and have managed the financial challenges we have faced, particularly over the last 18 months, effectively.
“This puts us in a really strong, positive position to decide the best option for becoming an NHS FT in the future.”
The summit took place on Monday and Wednesday this week (June 25 and 27).
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust began its application for NHS Foundation Trust status in 2005. The plans have been supported by various strategic health authorities.
The status would give the hospital greater managerial and financial freedom compared to NHS hospital trusts, but there is an April 2014 deadline to apply for it.
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