Transfer of NHS Barking & Dagenham community health services business to North East London Foundation Trust

The Co-operation and Competition Panel (CCP) has found that the proposed transfer of NHS Barking & Dagenham's community health services business to North East London Foundation Trust is consistent with the Principles and Rules of Cooperation and Competition. On this basis, the CCP has recommended to Monitor that the proposed transfer be allowed to proceed.

The CCP has found that the proposed merger will not impose any significant costs on patients or taxpayers by reducing the scope for patient choice or competition, and will benefit patients and taxpayers by allowing NHS Barking & Dagenham to focus on its commissioning responsibilities.

The CCP's review of recent tenders for community services in North East London and discussions with existing and potential community service providers indicates that there is a substantial number of possible providers of community services in Barking and Dagenham. As a result, the CCP has found that loss of North East London Foundation Trust as a potential provider of these services in competition with Barking & Dagenham community services is not significant.


Department of Health NHS Monitor