Merger of South-East Essex's provider services arm and Mid-Essex's provider services arm

South-East Essex PCT and Mid-Essex PCT are proposing to merge their provider arms. South-East Essex will act as the host NHS Trust.

Consistent with its draft interim merger guidelines, the CCP will examine the costs and benefits of the proposed merger to patients and taxpayers, in order to ascertain whether it is consistent with Principles 9 and 10 of the Principles and Rules of Cooperation and Competition. In doing so, the CCP will consider the effect of the transaction on patient choice and competition for community health services in southeast Essex, mid-Essex or a wider area.

The CCP welcomes submissions in writing from interested individuals and organisations on this issue or on any other matter relevant to the CCP's assessment of this transaction under the Principles and Rules for Cooperation and Competition. To submit evidence please email cases@ccpanel.gsi.gov.uk. The closing date for submissions is 24 December 2009.

Administrative timetable

Event Date
CCP publishes Notice of Acceptance 14 December 2009
Closing date for Phase 1 submissions 24 December 2009
Deadline for completion of Phase 1 * 11 February 2010
Deadline for completion of Phase 2 (if required)** 9 June 2010

* At the end of Phase 1, the CCP will either:

  • recommend that the merger be allowed to proceed, or
  • recommend that the merger be allowed to proceed subject to measures agreed with the parties that address concerns identified by the CCP during Phase 1, or
  • proceed to a more detailed Phase 2 investigation.

** Phase 2 allows the CCP to conduct a more in-depth investigation where this is required to fully assess a merger.

NB. This timetable will be updated as required during the course of the inquiry.


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