The Department of Health and the Treasury has announced that Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon will be offered for sale both to NHS organisations and to the private sector. The new owners will to run Hinchingbrooke Hospital, including its accident and emergency and maternity services. This is the first time that the private sector has been invited to bid to take over and run a large NHS hospital.
Under the deal, the NHS will retain the assets of the hospital, and staff will be transferred to the new owners.
Dr Stephen Dunn, director of strategy for the East of England NHS told the he Financial Times that, "Bidders would have to show how they would improve services while helping to deal with the historical financial issues. The process of letting the franchise is likely to take about 18 months"