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Barnet and Chase Farm and Royal Free NHS hospital trusts aiming for merger by 2014
A merger of two major north London hospital trusts would offer “better and more financially viable services”, according to NHS directors compiling the proposals.
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust is aiming to partner with the Royal Free as a merged foundation trust by spring 2014.
An independent health regulator today published a report saying the move would not break competition rules if it were to go ahead.
The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust today welcomed the findings, which take the merger one step closer to completion.
The two trusts are working on a business case which will be submitted to the NHS Trust Development Authority later this year.
A spokeswoman, speaking on behalf of both NHS trusts, said: “Offering hospital services which are better for patients and financially viable in the future is our main driver for exploring this proposed change in local NHS management arrangements.
“In developing a business case for this acquisition, our clinicians are working with colleagues at Barnet and Chase Farm and GPs to look at how we can make the best use of services at all our hospitals to benefit our patients.
“We are determined that any new arrangement would benefit the populations of Barnet, Camden, Enfield and south Hertfordshire.”
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