Consultation outcome

Draft NHS merger review guidance

This consultation has concluded

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CMA's summary of responses to consultation: CMA29resp

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Detail of outcome

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published its response and summary of views alongside the NHS merger review guidance (CMA29) following consultation.

Feedback received

Baker & McKenzie LLP response to consultation

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Clifford Chance LLP response to consultation

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Frontier response to consultation

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Foundation Trust Network response to consultation

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Hempsons response to consultation

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Hogan Lovells response to consultation

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Maclay Murray & Spens LLP response to consultation

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Norton Rose Fulbright response to consultation

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Slaughter and May response to consultation

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The Kings Fund response to consultation

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Detail of feedback received

11 bodies responded to this consultation.

Original consultation

Summary

Consultation on guidance seeking views on the CMA’s approach when reviewing mergers involving providers of NHS services.

This consultation ran from
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Consultation description

The consultation invites views from advisers and interested parties on the CMA’s approach to the review of NHS mergers within the existing statutory framework.

The guidance is concerned with those mergers involving at least one public organisation providing NHS services in England, such as NHS hospitals (acute, community and mental health), ambulance trusts, other trusts or part of their organisation, which are covered by the provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002, as amended by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.

This guidance builds upon experience of the CMA and its predecessors (the Office of Fair Trading and the Competition Commission) in assessing NHS mergers together with existing guidance on the review of mergers published or adopted by the CMA. We have also addressed aspects which are specific to the healthcare sector, including Monitor’s involvement.

Documents

Draft NHS merger review guidance: CMA29con

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Published 9 May 2014
Last updated 5 August 2014 + show all updates
  1. Added The Kings Fund response to this consultation.
  2. Added the CMA's response and summary of views and public responses to this consultation.
  3. First published.