Members of the public are invited to attend and, if they wish, to participate in a Special Meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Panel (Communities and Environment) at which the potential merger of Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust with Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be discussed. This will include the opportunity to hear directly from Lance McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust, as well as the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clincial Commissioning Group.

The meeting will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 12 October in the Civic Suite at Pathfinder House, St Mary’s Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TN.

The Trusts running Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals have recently approved a full business case for merger implementation on 1 April 2017, subject to the output of further staff, public engagement and an independent review. At their November board meetings, both boards expect to ratify the decision to merge, having reviewed these additional inputs.

During the Special Meeting, half an hour will be allocated to members of the public to comment on the merger proposals. To help manage this process, we are asking for people to register their interest in participating in advance, which will be by making a statement of up to three minutes in length. Speakers will be taken in the order in which their interest has been registered.

Cllr Tim Alban, Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny (Communities and Environment) Panel, said: "Hinchingbrooke Hospital continues to play a huge part in the life of the people of Huntingdonshire and the Panel welcomes comments from local residents to help us make an informed response to the proposals for its future."

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