Hospital mergers may be painful but have positive aspects too

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7286.617 (Published 10 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:617
  1. A J Minchin, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist
  1. Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 8JL

    EDITOR—Most of us would agree with Harvey's comments in her personal view about the problems of hospital mergers.1 A merger is more like a divorce than a marriage. It introduces vulnerabilities, sensitivities, suspicion, and redirections that often seem inappropriate.

    The developing paranoia that Harvey expresses—concerning the perceived …

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