Transforming pathology partnership joint venture

The OFT investigated the anticipated pathology joint venture between Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust, The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust and West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

Administrative timetable

Phase 1 Action
9 April 2014 Decision published
27 March 2014 Decision announced
7 March 2014 – 27 March 2014 Invitation to comment
7 March 2014 Merger inquiry launched

Phase 1

Decision announced: 27 March 2014

The OFT announced its decision that the joint venture has been found not to qualify (FNTQ). The full text of the decision is available below:

Invitation to comment: Closed

The OFT is considering whether this joint venture will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the creation of that situation has resulted, or may be expected to result, in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.

Merger inquiry launched: 7 March 2014

The OFT launched a merger inquiry on 7 March 2014


Please send written representations about any competition or public interest to:

Sophie Perrussel
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
37 Southampton Row

Published 20 May 2014