CMA gives clearance for Frimley Park hospital merger

CMA gives clearance for Frimley Park hospital merger

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Hannah Crouch

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CMA gives clearance for Frimley Park hospital merger

The proposed merger between the trust which runs Heatherwood and Wexham Park hospitals with Frimley Park hospital has been given clearance by the Competition and Markets Authority [CMA].

Monitor, a regulator for health services in England, advised the CMA that the acquisition provide a quicker and more sustainable solution.

The health regulator will now undertake a detailed review of the merger proposals to ensure that the risks involved are identified and managed appropriately.

New, strong and effective leadership will be injected into the trust to help with their problems surrounding staff and culture.

Dr David Bennett, chief executive of Monitor, said: “Subject to final approvals, this will be the first merger between foundation trusts."

The Heatherwood and Wexham Park hospitals trust was placed into special measures on Thursday, May 1.

A decision about the merger with Frimley Park hospital in Surrey will be announced on May 29.

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