When the L&D and Bedford Hospital merge, the newly formed NHS organisation will be a Foundation Trust (FT). This means that it will have some independence from the Department of Health. One considerable advantage is that it can reinvest any profits directly back into patient care at the two hospital sites.
As an FT, we need a membership that reflects the population in which the two hospitals serve. The L&D is already an FT with 16,000 members however there aren’t enough members from Bedford Borough to represent the population fairly.
FT members have a say in how the hospital is run, how healthcare is provided to patients and can voice their concerns or make suggestions about future plans. As a member, you can decide how involved you would like to be come. You can receieve updates on developments, attend events and medical lectures or if you want to get more involved you can stand for election as a Governor. FT members vote in the Governors who then hold the Trust Board to account.
Membership is FREE and as a member you can help shape the future of your local hospital. Please click here to sign up and to find out more please call 01582 718333.