Hospitals saved by new GP social enterprise
Two hospitals in Gloucestershire have been saved from closure.
The newly-created Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust (PCT) will pass control of the Dilke and Lydney Hospitals to a group of GPs.
The PCT has to save £40m and the hospitals had faced the axe without the GP group’s plan.
They put forward a scheme to run the hospitals and cut costs by £1.4m through prescribing cheaper drugs and replacing consultants on wards.
Nine GPs have formed a social enterprise trust to run the hospitals but will still report to the PCT to meet nationally-set targets.
Bob Young, from the Save Our Hospitals group, said: ‘We’re over the moon. It’s nice to think the new PCT board saw common sense.’