Merger of two hospital trusts is approved under new, faster approval process

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 19 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3373
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

Two NHS foundation hospital trusts are to become the first in England to merge, after a watchdog ruled that the move would not damage competition.

The Competition and Markets Authority this week cleared the plans for Frimley Park NHS Foundation Trust in Surrey to acquire neighbouring Heatherwood and Wexham Park NHS Foundation Trust, after examining evidence from the hospitals and from third parties.

The authority ruled that the proposed acquisition would not severely affect competition or patients’ choice and was the best available solution to the problems faced by Heatherwood and Wexham Park, which was recently placed in special measures after the healthcare regulator the Care Quality Commission reported inadequate care and weak leadership …

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