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Poole and Bournemouth hospitals should have another chance to put the case for a merger, charity says

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7694 (Published 16 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7694
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

NHS trusts that are seeking to merge or reconfigure services must produce evidence of benefits to patients “from the outset” to avoid having their plans blocked, an independent analysis has concluded.1

But the report by the health charity the Health Foundation said that the collapse of the proposed merger of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust last year was an avoidable and costly process that suffered from bad timing. The proposed merger was blocked by the Competition Commission after the watchdog concluded that the evidence provided by the trusts was not strong enough to indicate that a merger …

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