England’s new economic regulator for healthcare advises the OFT and CC on the first NHS Foundation Trust merger notified following the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (Dorset FT)

Article published on Centre for Competition Policy blog.

Monitor’s Advice to the OFT and the New Healthcare Regulation* On 11 February, Monitor (the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts and economic regulator for healthcare in England) published its advice to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) regarding the anticipated merger of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (hereafter “the Dorset FT merger”) [1]. This is the first NHS merger to be assessed on competition grounds under the Enterprise Act 2002 (EA02) merger provisions as implemented by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (HSCA 2012). It has been referred by the OFT to the Competition Commission (CC), which is now expected to produce its final report in October 2013, following extensions of the reference

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