In 2012, regional health officials launched a programme called Healthier Together which was set up to look at how hospital services could be best improved across the South East Midlands.
It looked at options for closer working between the hospitals in Kettering, Northampton, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Luton and Dunstable.
It was likely to have meant the downgrading of at least some of those hospitals.
For this, and other reasons, the programme was fundamentally flawed and drew widespread criticism from politicians, members of the public and those working in the health sector.
But we do need change.
And while it is incredibly satisfying to report that key services are going to remain at Kettering General Hospital, changes and closer working arrangements with other NHS organisations will be needed to provided the kind of health services we all want, and deserve, at a cost that can be afforded.
KGH and its many partners are embarking on a new programme of change, but this time it seems as though they all understand what local people want from their NHS.
Neil Pickford, Editor