WORKFORCE: In his report to May meeting of the board acting chief executive Dr William Lynn said: “The article discussed the ethnicity of mothers giving birth at EHT and implied that the maternity care provided at the trust was poor because we deal with a diverse population.”

He said: “Many staff and users of the services expressed concern that the trust was used by the media about such issues. 

“The trust strongly supports its maternity services directorate which has made great efforts to increase the involvement of users in developing the service and has invested a significant amount of money in the development of this service at the trust.”

The district general hospital’s board has approved a strategic outline case to merge with North West London Hospitals Trust, and the proposal will go to NHS London for approval to proceed to an outline business case in June.

The trust has already merged with the provider arms of Ealing, Harrow and Brent primary care trusts.