The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is continuing its assessment of our plans for our proposed merger with The Royal Surrey County Hospital.
The CMA’s role is to determine whether or not there is likely to be any significant reduction in competition or choice as a result of our proposed merger and, if there is, whether or not this is outweighed by the strength of the proposed patient benefits.
If we receive clearance from the CMA we can then move on to the next stage which will be approval of our Full Business Case by our two Boards and then further assessment by Monitor, the health sector regulator. We expect the CMA to publish their provisional findings towards the end of July.
In the meantime, whilst we await the final outcome from the CMA later this year, we continue to engage with our key stakeholders on our wider plans, including merger.