Competition & Markets Authority
CMA opens investigation into NHS hospital trusts merger
The CMA yesterday started an investigation into the proposed merger between NHS hospital trusts in Poole and Bournemouth.
In 2013, the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) predecessor, the Competition Commission, prohibited a previous merger between the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. As a result, the hospital trusts were required to enter into a 10-year commitment not to merge without the prior approval of the CMA.
Since the Competition Commission’s decision, there have been significant changes to policy within the NHS that have affected the role that competition plays. Competition between NHS hospitals is no longer used by the NHS to drive quality, with collaboration often viewed as a better way to meet increasing demands for care and deliver better value.
This has been taken into account in recent hospital mergers reviewed by the CMA, including the merger between Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, which was cleared in August 2019.
The CMA’s assessment of the potential effects of this merger on NHS services in the east Dorset area will take these policy changes into account. During the investigation, the CMA will work closely with Bournemouth and Poole Hospital trusts, the NHS regulators and local commissioners to assess the role that competition plays in how the hospitals provide services and whether any loss of competition brought about by the merger could have a negative impact on patients.
The CMA is also inviting views on these issues from patients and their representative groups, commissioning groups, other healthcare providers, regulators, local authorities and other interested bodies.
More broadly, the CMA is aware of longer-term NHS plans to exempt mergers between NHS hospitals from CMA review, which it fully supports.
For more information, visit the CMA’s dedicated webpage for the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals / Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts merger investigation.
For media enquiries, contact the CMA press team on 020 3738 6460 or email@example.com.
Latest News from
Competition & Markets Authority
Ministers seek to stamp out rip-offs with new consumer protections20/07/2021 14:27:00
Business Secretary and Consumer Minister unveil consumer protection reforms
CMA publishes Annual Report 2020/2119/07/2021 10:38:00
The CMA has published its Annual Report 2020/21, showing its work over the year which includes saving consumers at least £2 billion.
CMA finds drug companies overcharged NHS16/07/2021 10:48:00
The CMA has imposed fines totalling over £260 million for competition law breaches in relation to the supply of hydrocortisone tablets.
Cellnex and CK Hutchison deal raises competition concerns14/07/2021 12:20:00
The CMA has found that Cellnex’s proposed purchase of CK Hutchison’s UK passive telecoms infrastructure assets raises competition concerns.
CMA consults on market investigation into emergency services’ mobile radio network08/07/2021 14:25:00
The CMA is consulting on whether to launch a market investigation into Motorola’s Airwave network – the mobile radio network used by all emergency services in Great Britain.
Jonathan Scott: Keynote speech to the Law Society, 202128/06/2021 12:20:00
CMA Chair Jonathan Scott's speech given recently (24 June 2021) to the Law Society Competition Section International Antitrust Conference 2021.
CMA to investigate Amazon and Google over fake reviews25/06/2021 13:10:00
The CMA has opened a formal probe into Amazon and Google over concerns that they have not been doing enough to combat fake reviews on their sites.
CMA secures landmark commitments for leaseholders24/06/2021 10:20:00
The CMA has secured formal commitments from leading companies as part of its ongoing work to tackle issues in the leasehold sector.