Merging Isle of Wight and Portsmouth NHS Trusts is "welcome" news for the Island, MP Bob Seely has said, as he reveals more reforms are to come.

It was confirmed yesterday (Tuesday) that acute services will amalgamate, in an effort to help tackle the long-standing challenges of delivering healthcare on the Island.

Although details over the merger, and what it means, remain scarce, the Island's NHS Trust has said it will allow it to better respond to the challenges.

Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely said he spoke to Isle of Wight NHS Trust CEO Darren Cattell yesterday.

He said: "What’s critical for patients and NHS staff alike is to develop a more integrated approach to healthcare. We’re going to see a more joined-up approach, with adult social services, the NHS, GPs and pharmacies working closely together, on the Island, and nationally.

“The announcement paves the way for more reforms later this year.

“The IW NHS and Portsmouth already have a partnership arrangement to make sure clinical services on the Island are supported and this builds on that."

A single chief executive will be appointed across the two trusts.

The Isle of Wight County Press has asked the Isle of Wight NHS Trust for further details.