NHS Hospital Mergers: What Benefits?
A round half the acute hospitals in England were involved in a merger during the late 1990s and early 2000s. CMPO research by Carol Propper and colleagues examines whether this wave of hospital consolidation brought any benefits. Between 1997 and 2003, over half of the 200 or so acute NHS hospitals in England were involved in a merger, in which at least one hospital trust was absorbed into another. The scale of the consolidation was such that the average number of hospitals in a local health economy fell from seven to five. (fragment of text)
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