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CSP warns of privatisation of NHS services after Competition Commission halts Dorset trust merger

24 October 2013 - 10:58am

The CSP has warned that a decision by the Competition Commission to block the merger of two Dorset NHS trusts is not in the best interests of patients.


CSP south west senior negotiating officer Andy Ballard

A planned merger of Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals and Poole Hospital NHS foundation trusts was stopped by the commission, which usually rules on companies and commercial markets.

Andy Ballard, the CSP’s south west senior negotiating officer, said: 'The CSP is concerned that the merger has been stopped as a result of giving the principle of competition higher priority than two trusts securing sustainable patient services for east Dorset.’

He said the CSP’s concerns were based on the long term effect on the two trusts, which have to manage unrealistic government targets for efficiency savings.

‘The CSP believes that further fragmentation as a result of  privatisation of NHS services could result,’ Mr Ballard added.

Both trusts provide a range of hospital and community-based services. The merger would have allowed them to reconfigure A&E, with one hospital providing a full services and the other a minor injuries unit. They would have also built a new maternity hospital.

In a joint statement the chief executives of the trusts, Tony Spotswood of Royal Bournemouth and Chris Bown of Poole, said they were ‘deeply disappointed’ by the decision.

They said that the decision to block the merger was weighted to put competition ahead of benefits to patients.

The Competition Commission said that it believed that there was a lack of evidence that the proposed merger would result in overall benefits for patients.

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