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Hospital trusts merger between Barnet and Chase Farm Hospital Trust and Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust 'would not reduce competition'
Two major north London hospital trusts moved a step closer to a merger today with the publication of an independent report.
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust is looking at a partnership with the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust.
Health regulator Monitor assessed the impact the proposals would have on patient choice and competition for services in north London and the surrounding area.
In a detailed report published today, a panel found the merger would not restrict competition for services and was “unlikely to give rise to material costs to patients or taxpayers as a result of a loss of choice or competition”.
Neither NHS trust has so far commented publicly on the proposals but today’s announcement represents another box ticked on the road to a full merger.
Barnet and Chase Farm voted against an independent move to a foundation trust – under which more powers are devolved to local NHS organisations - in June last year.
In September it announced it had assessed possible partnerships and singled out the Royal Free as the “only option”.
Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers welcomed the panel’s findings today.
The Conservative politician said: “This is welcome news for the future of Barnet’s health care.
“I believe that a linkup between Barnet Hospital and the Royal Free could deliver real benefits to patients.”
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