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Kent trusts merger cleared

22nd October 2012

The proposed merger of Dartford and Gravesham Trust and Medway Foundation Trust has been approved by the NHS Co-operation and Competition Panel, despite concluding it offered “no benefits” to offset its costs to patients and taxpayers.

The competition watchdog’s review found that it would “remove the key competitive constraint” on the Medway Maritime Hospital’s elective urology and endocrinology services and that such services must be monitored against a set of agreed quality indicators following the merger, with an investigation triggered if performance falls below a certain level.


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