Members of the public are invited to attend a Special Meeting of Huntingdonshire District Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Panel (Communities and Environment) on the potential merger of Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust with Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This will include the opportunity to hear directly from Lance McCarthy, Chief Executive of Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust, as well as Val Moore, the Chair of Healthwatch Cambridgeshire. The meeting is to be held at 7pm on Tuesday 28 June at Pathfinder House, St Mary’s Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TN.

The Trusts running Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals have recently agreed that they will work together on a full business case in readiness for a merger on 1 April 2017. Both boards have discussed an outline business case which recommended that in order to sustain and improve services for patients and taxpayers in Huntingdonshire, Greater Peterborough and South Lincolnshire, both Trusts would benefit from working as one organisation in the future.

During the session, an hour will be allocated for members of the public to ask questions. To help manage this process, we are asking for people to submit their interest in asking a question in advance. Questions will be taken in date order in which people have registered.

Cllr Tim Alban, Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny (Communities and Environment) Panel, said: "To help the council develop an informed response to the Trusts’ proposal, we would like to hear directly from local residents and other interested parties on this key decision for this major community asset."

For further information, or to register your interest in asking a question on the night, please email Adam Green in the Corporate Team at Huntingdonshire District Council at adam.green@huntingdonshire.gov.uk.