Central Manchester University Hospitals / University Hospital of South Manchester merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the anticipated merger between Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM).

Phase 2

Administrative timetable

Date of referral: 27.2.17

Statutory deadline: 13.8.17

Next milestone: Provisional findings in late May/early June 2017

Contact

Email: cmft.uhsm.nhs@cma.gsi.gov.uk

Issues statement

9 March 2017: The issues statement sets out the scope of the investigation. It outlines initial theories on what might be adversely affecting competition, but it does not set out findings or conclusions.

Inquiry group appointed

The CMA appointed the inquiry group on 28 February 2017.

John Wotton (Inquiry Chair), Robin Aaronson, Malcolm Nicholson, and Roger Witcomb

Terms of reference

27 February 2017: The CMA has referred the anticipated merger between Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust for an in-depth phase 2 investigation.

Phase 1

Phase 1 date Action
9 March 2017 Decision published
27 February 2017 Decision announced
9 February to 16 February 2017 Invitation to comment
9 February 2017 Launch of merger inquiry

Reference decision

27 February 2017: The CMA has referred the anticipated merger between Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust for an in-depth phase 2 investigation under its fast track procedure at the request of the merging parties. A copy of the decision is available below.

Invitation to comment: Now closed

Launch of merger inquiry

9 February 2017: The CMA has announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

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