Merger of NHS Berkshire West and NHS Berkshire East's provider services arms with Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Berkshire West's provider services arm (NHS Berkshire West Community Health) and NHS Berkshire East's provider services arm (Berkshire East Community Health Services) are proposing to merge with Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The CCP has carried out a preliminary assessment using the screens set out in its fast-track guidelines. This assessment indicates that the transaction is likely to be consistent with the Principles and Rules for Cooperation and Competition. Our Notice of Acceptance (available below) provides more detail on the screening tests that we consider are satisfied at this stage of our review.

The CCP will now finalise its assessment on the consistency of the transaction with the Principles and Rules for Cooperation and Competition and will produce a short-form report. If analysis or submissions from interested individuals or organisations indicate that the merger is not suitable for the fast-track procedure then a Phase I review will be initiated.

The CCP welcomes submissions in writing from interested individuals and organisations on whether this merger is appropriate for its fast-track procedure 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 reply to the email address: cases@ccpanel.gsi.gov.uk.

The closing date for submissions is 27 October 2010.

Administrative timetable

Event Date
CCP publishes Notice of Acceptance 15 October 2010
Closing date for submissions 27 October 2010
Deadline for completion of fast-track report* 28 October 2010

* At the end of the fast-track procedure, the CCP will complete a short-form report containing its advice on the consistency of this transaction with Principle 10 of the Principles and Rules for Cooperation and Competition.

NB. Where analysis indicates that the merger is not suitable for review pursuant to the fast-track procedure, the CCP will update this web page and begin its Phase I analysis.


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