Merger of South-West Essex’s provider services arm and North East London NHS Foundation Trust

South-West Essex PCT provider services arm (Community Health Services) and North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) are proposing to merge. NELFT will act as host to the community services presently provided by Community Health Services.

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 the transaction is consistent with Principles 9 and 10 of the Principles and Rules for 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 South-West Essex or a wider area.

The CCP welcomes submissions in writing from interested individuals and organisations on whether this merger is appropriate for fast-track review or any other issue or matter relevant to the CCP’s assessment of this transaction under the Principles and Rules for Cooperation and Competition. To submit evidence please use the email address: cases@ccpanel.gsi.gov.uk.

The closing date for submissions is 9 August 2010.

Administrative timetable

Event Date
CCP publishes Notice of Acceptance 23 July 2010
Closing date for Phase I submissions 9 August 2010
Deadline for completion of Phase I (if required)* 20 September 2010
Deadline for completion of Phase II (if required)** 13 January 2011

* 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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