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

The CMA investigated 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

Contact

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

Use of Hospital Episode Statistics

Final report

Responses to provisional findings and notice of possible remedies

Provisional findings

15 June 2017: The CMA has provisionally found that the merger between CMFT and UHSM may reduce competition in the supply of NHS elective services and NHS specialised services, and will now consider the benefits of the merger.

Evidence

The publication of the evidence of any party on the CMA’s webpages does not indicate in any way endorsement by the CMA of the views expressed in the evidence or acceptance of that evidence. Publication in this way is designed to assist public understanding of the issues.

Hearing summaries

Responses to issues statement

Initial submissions

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.

Published 9 February 2017
Last updated 3 August 2017 + show all updates
  1. Full final report published.
  2. Response to provisional findings published.
  3. Summary of final report published.
  4. Responses to provisional findings and notice of possible remedies and hearing summaries published.
  5. Provisional findings correction published.
  6. Provisional findings report published.
  7. Hearing summaries published.
  8. Response to issues statement published.
  9. Initial submissions and responses to issues statement published.
  10. Initial submissions published.
  11. Full text of the decision and issues statement published.
  12. Timetable published and inquiry group appointments added.
  13. Reference decision announced.
  14. First published.