The consultation process on the effective merger between NHS England and NHS Improvement opens on 16 July. We’re urging all MiP members in both organisations to engage with the consultation both individually and collectively through MiP.
Hundreds of MiP members will be affected by the effective merger of the two organisations, as seven regional structures and 11 corporate directorates are integrated over the next five months. This effective merger is a result of decisions made to reduce costs in the NHS, which have led to serious cuts across both organisations.
The trade unions met with management on 11 July to try and agree a start date for the opening of this consultation. Management were not able to provide all the information the unions needed in order to make an informed decision to endorse the proposed start date of 16 July. As a result of this, the unions were not able to endorse the start date, and requested that it be delayed until 24 July, by which time more information would be available. The consultation, however, was still launched on 16 July.
As a consequence of this, MiP did not see the published version of the consultation until it was sent to members on the launch day. We have not yet had the chance to scrutinise the final consultation document, and will need to examine it thoroughly over the next few days in order identify the support and representation our members are likely to need. We will then be better placed to to advise you on how the process is likely to affect you.
It is the employer’s responsibility to run the consultation effectively and fairly and MiP still intends to engage fully with the consultation. We strongly encourage all of our members to do the same on an individual level and collectively through us as your trade union.
If you require personal assistance, the NHS England and NHS Improvement Customer Contact Centre is highly experienced and accustomed to handling a large and complex volume of enquiries. You can contact the team with your questions and feedback by telephone 0113 2093 663 during these times:
- Monday: 9am to 5pm
- Tuesday: 8am to 5pm
- Wednesday: 9am to 6pm
- Thursday: 9am to 5pm
- Friday: 9am to 5pm.
We understand that you will be concerned about what the merger means for you. In order to help us to help you, MiP requests that all members in NHSE/I email us to confirm your current email address and organisation. We will contact you again by email once with further details on how to seek help from MiP once we have examined the consultation documents. If you have already read the consultation and identified issues of concern in your area of the country or in your area of expertise, please let us know.
Please also encourage your colleagues who are MiP members to update their information with us, so we can keep everybody up to date during the consultation process.