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Merging hospitals can benefit everybody

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7024.144a (Published 20 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:144

Mr James Thompson, surgeon and clinical director of St Mark's Hospital for Intestinal and Colorectal Disorders, spends a lot of his time assuring people that the journey from central London to Northwick Park in northwest London is not difficult. This matters to him because he and his hospital have just moved from the city to form part of Northwick Park Hospital—and the distance from central London (30 minutes by tube) is perhaps the only drawback of the move.

Nearly three years ago this column wrote about how St Mark's Hospital, unlike almost all the London hospitals slated for merger or moving, was contemplating the prospect of a move with some enthusiasm. It was due to form a joint trust with Northwick Park, a large district general hospital, and …

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