NHS: Mergers

House of Lords written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Warner Lord Warner Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 20 June (WA 301), whether the considerations set out in that Answer would apply to any merger of an NHS foundation trust with one or more NHS trust that had not achieved foundation status.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 provides that a merger between two foundation trusts would be a relevant merger to be considered by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for review under the Enterprise Act 2002. These provisions do not extend to foundation trust mergers with National Health Service trusts.

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