Decision day for town’s hospital status

The A&E department at Wigan Infirmary
The A&E department at Wigan Infirmary

BOSSES at Wigan Infirmary will learn if they have been granted specialist status next month as part of the controversial Healthier Together (HT) shake-up.

Dubbed the biggest change to services in the history of the NHS, HT means Wigan is in competition with three other hospitals to be granted specialist status alongside Salford Royal Hospital, Royal Oldham Hospital and Manchester Royal Infirmary.

We are now close to an important milestone

Dr Ranjit Gill, chief clinical officer Stockport CCG

Senior staff at Wigan’s hospitals had previously said there could be a real risk to services if they receive general hospital status, which is the alternative.

Residents were asked to provide feedback on the plans throughout a lengthy consultation process throughout last year, with Wiganers accounting for more than a quarter of the responses.

On Wednesday June 17, GPs from clinical commissioning groups from across the region will meet to make a decision “about the number of single services there will be across Greater Manchester.”

And on Wednesday July 15, the decision will be made where these single services will be located, essentially determining which hospitals will be granted specialist or general status.

Dr Ranjit Gill, Committees in Common board member, said: “We are on the brink of making key decisions which fits in perfectly with the GM devolution programme to integrate care.”