LOCAL HEALTH chiefs have scrapped long-standing plans for the Isle of Wight NHS Trust to become a Foundation Trust.
At a meeting of the trust’s board on Wednesday (March 2) members agreed to axe the project — saying the current 'My Life A Full Life’ programme which aims to integrate health and social care programmes on the Island was 'not compatible’ with Foundation Trust Status.
The NHS Trust began its project to become a Foundation Trust in 2012, arguing that it would prevent health services on the Isle of Wight being broken-up and run by mainland trusts and would also integrate health services on the Island.
Part of the programme to become a Foundation Trust included asking Isle of Wight residents to become 'members’ of the NHS Trust with around 5,400 signing-up to the scheme.
At Wednesday’s meeting, the board thanked the people who had become members of the trust for their input.
Karen Baker, Chief Executive of the trust said: "Whilst the trust board has taken the decision to close our Foundation Trust programme, it is important to stress that we will continue to work closely with other organisations. Much has changed on the political and healthcare landscape since we first began our Foundation Trust journey.
"We have been given a very big opportunity to improve the Island’s health and social care services with our partners through the My Life a Full Life programme and it’s really important that we continue to keep our focus clearly on this important priority."
Mark Price, the trust’s company secretary, added: "The development programme to achieve Foundation Trust status has contributed many improvements to the Isle of Wight NHS Trust over the last three years. The most successful part of the programme has been the recruitment and involvement of our public membership. I’d like to thank our current members for their continued commitment and interest in the trust and the decision by the Trust Board today strengthens their ability to have a say in even more aspects of their care. We will continue encouraging Island residents to get involved as members and are very grateful for their enthusiastic support"