Hospital mergers may be painful but have positive aspects tooBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7286.617 (Published 10 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:617
- A J Minchin, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist
- 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 …