OFT refers Dorset hospitals merger to competition commission

Bournemouth Echo: Poole Hospital Poole Hospital

THE Office of Fair Trading today (Tues) referred the proposed merger of the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts to the Competition Commission. 

OFT Chief Executive and Decision Maker Clive Maxwell said: "Our review found that these two trusts compete with each other in a number of specialities, both to attract patients and funding from commissioners.

""We decided on the basis of evdience available that we could not rely on the potential benefits from this merger outweighing the expected impact on patients and commissioners of a loss of competition.

"We have therefore concluded that a reference to the Competition Commission for an in-depth review is necessary."

Commenting on the referral, Tony Spotswood, proposed cheif executive of the merged organisation, said: "We are pleased that we are one step further in this delicate process.

"There will now be a period of further analysis, which we anticipated, being the first Foundation Trusts in the UK to follow this process. It will hopefully reassure us all that a merger is indeed in the best interests of patients and staff."

 

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5:24pm Tue 8 Jan 13

funkyferret says...

But why is there only one Competitions Commission?
But why is there only one Competitions Commission? funkyferret
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5:33pm Tue 8 Jan 13

sea poole says...

Bit concerned about the lack of conviction from Mr Spotswood -'Hopefully' isn't exactly reassuring...the road to Hell is paved with hope and good intentions...
Bit concerned about the lack of conviction from Mr Spotswood -'Hopefully' isn't exactly reassuring...the road to Hell is paved with hope and good intentions... sea poole
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5:56pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Samesex says...

This is good news for both Poole and Bournemouth Hospitals and the people of the conurbation.
This is good news for both Poole and Bournemouth Hospitals and the people of the conurbation. Samesex
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6:25pm Tue 8 Jan 13

ajj-dorset says...

Is there a sadder indictment of todays NHS, this government require some False pseudo competition between hospitals that should be working together for everyones benefit.

What most patients require is a good quality service at a hospital local to them, they do not need to be defined as customers in an accountant lead business.

Next thing these hospitals will be resorting to asset stripping and moving into property development?

What a mess!
Is there a sadder indictment of todays NHS, this government require some False pseudo competition between hospitals that should be working together for everyones benefit. What most patients require is a good quality service at a hospital local to them, they do not need to be defined as customers in an accountant lead business. Next thing these hospitals will be resorting to asset stripping and moving into property development? What a mess! ajj-dorset
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6:54pm Tue 8 Jan 13

l'anglais says...

Where is the profit in sick people?
Send them to Asia.
Where is the profit in sick people? Send them to Asia. l'anglais
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8:00pm Tue 8 Jan 13

bibocherry says...

Tony Spotswood is not to be trusted. He talks as if this merger is virtually rubber stamped. Services need to be kept at all hospitals. He has tried to kill off Christchurch Hospital.
Tony Spotswood is not to be trusted. He talks as if this merger is virtually rubber stamped. Services need to be kept at all hospitals. He has tried to kill off Christchurch Hospital. bibocherry
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8:37pm Tue 8 Jan 13

point--of--view says...

It just gets better every day with our local NHS Trust. The board must have been aware this was a bad idea and a possibility before attempting a merger.

The management seems to have a poor attitude to staff and patients alike. An NHS trust board should be leading and aspiring the hard working doctors and nurses to deliver better patient care not forcing a focus on deriving profit from mergers and property deals.

I’m sure the next press release will be about fiscal constraints and the need to cost cut and sell off assets to raise cash. Tony Spotswood has been CEO for 13 years! Yes 13 years! Does he know how to plan and make financial provisions and strategy! This must be a core requirement to his job!
It just gets better every day with our local NHS Trust. The board must have been aware this was a bad idea and a possibility before attempting a merger. The management seems to have a poor attitude to staff and patients alike. An NHS trust board should be leading and aspiring the hard working doctors and nurses to deliver better patient care not forcing a focus on deriving profit from mergers and property deals. I’m sure the next press release will be about fiscal constraints and the need to cost cut and sell off assets to raise cash. Tony Spotswood has been CEO for 13 years! Yes 13 years! Does he know how to plan and make financial provisions and strategy! This must be a core requirement to his job! point--of--view
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10:12pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Old Colonial says...

ajj-dorset wrote:
Is there a sadder indictment of todays NHS, this government require some False pseudo competition between hospitals that should be working together for everyones benefit.

What most patients require is a good quality service at a hospital local to them, they do not need to be defined as customers in an accountant lead business.

Next thing these hospitals will be resorting to asset stripping and moving into property development?

What a mess!
It's too late! NHS Management is no longer anything to do with patient care or clinical excellence.
[quote][p][bold]ajj-dorset[/bold] wrote: Is there a sadder indictment of todays NHS, this government require some False pseudo competition between hospitals that should be working together for everyones benefit. What most patients require is a good quality service at a hospital local to them, they do not need to be defined as customers in an accountant lead business. Next thing these hospitals will be resorting to asset stripping and moving into property development? What a mess![/p][/quote]It's too late! NHS Management is no longer anything to do with patient care or clinical excellence. Old Colonial
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10:43pm Tue 8 Jan 13

muscliffman says...

funkyferret wrote:
But why is there only one Competitions Commission?
Quite, and it is usually out of touch with reality and ultimately toothless.

This sounds very much like public-sector jobsworths making work up to justify their well rewarded positions.

This investigation will drag on for ever at vast public cost, with of course no benefit to local NHS patients whatsoever.
[quote][p][bold]funkyferret[/bold] wrote: But why is there only one Competitions Commission?[/p][/quote]Quite, and it is usually out of touch with reality and ultimately toothless. This sounds very much like public-sector jobsworths making work up to justify their well rewarded positions. This investigation will drag on for ever at vast public cost, with of course no benefit to local NHS patients whatsoever. muscliffman
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7:10am Wed 9 Jan 13

John T says...

ajj-dorset wrote:
Is there a sadder indictment of todays NHS, this government require some False pseudo competition between hospitals that should be working together for everyones benefit.

What most patients require is a good quality service at a hospital local to them, they do not need to be defined as customers in an accountant lead business.

Next thing these hospitals will be resorting to asset stripping and moving into property development?

What a mess!
I'm dying for the day when I can get all my patient care over the internet and there will be no need for customers to support their local hospital!
[quote][p][bold]ajj-dorset[/bold] wrote: Is there a sadder indictment of todays NHS, this government require some False pseudo competition between hospitals that should be working together for everyones benefit. What most patients require is a good quality service at a hospital local to them, they do not need to be defined as customers in an accountant lead business. Next thing these hospitals will be resorting to asset stripping and moving into property development? What a mess![/p][/quote]I'm dying for the day when I can get all my patient care over the internet and there will be no need for customers to support their local hospital! John T
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9:52am Wed 9 Jan 13

Dr Strangelove says...

Can't wait for this merger to go through. I'm thinking of all the extra profit my company will make don't you just love out sourcing luvly jubbly!!!
Can't wait for this merger to go through. I'm thinking of all the extra profit my company will make don't you just love out sourcing luvly jubbly!!! Dr Strangelove
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9:57am Wed 9 Jan 13

Hessenford says...

bibocherry wrote:
Tony Spotswood is not to be trusted. He talks as if this merger is virtually rubber stamped. Services need to be kept at all hospitals. He has tried to kill off Christchurch Hospital.
I think he's already done that, three years ago he publicly said that there were no plans to close Christchurch Hospital, look at it now, empty buildings full of damp and disrepair, and at a time when there are not enough beds to use in Bournemouth.
[quote][p][bold]bibocherry[/bold] wrote: Tony Spotswood is not to be trusted. He talks as if this merger is virtually rubber stamped. Services need to be kept at all hospitals. He has tried to kill off Christchurch Hospital.[/p][/quote]I think he's already done that, three years ago he publicly said that there were no plans to close Christchurch Hospital, look at it now, empty buildings full of damp and disrepair, and at a time when there are not enough beds to use in Bournemouth. Hessenford
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10:19am Wed 9 Jan 13

Crank says...

18 years ago, the despicable bulldozing of nearly all 4 acre of the hospital/Union Workhouse (pristine) was justified by glossy NHS brochure and PR as to provide 'a centre of excellence' at the remaining hospital. Er - wards emptied, operating theatre gone, physio to go?, hydrotherapy gone, pathology gone, Young People's specialist ward gone. What NHS don't seem to realise is that we want and need A HOSPITAL at Christchurch (with its large and sprawling population, with a very elderly profile) AND the historic buildings which remain. Not just blood tests and x-rays and dermatology (for time being?).Not a private care home etc.
18 years ago, the despicable bulldozing of nearly all 4 acre of the hospital/Union Workhouse (pristine) was justified by glossy NHS brochure and PR as to provide 'a centre of excellence' at the remaining hospital. Er - wards emptied, operating theatre gone, physio to go?, hydrotherapy gone, pathology gone, Young People's specialist ward gone. What NHS don't seem to realise is that we want and need A HOSPITAL at Christchurch (with its large and sprawling population, with a very elderly profile) AND the historic buildings which remain. Not just blood tests and x-rays and dermatology (for time being?).Not a private care home etc. Crank
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11:19am Wed 9 Jan 13

Hessenford says...

While Bournemouth is suffering a shortage of beds at the present time with patients waiting on trolleys in corridors there are almost 300 empty bed spaces at Christchurch going to waste because the men in suits decided to covertly close down a perfectly good hospital and allow it to fall into disrepair.
While Bournemouth is suffering a shortage of beds at the present time with patients waiting on trolleys in corridors there are almost 300 empty bed spaces at Christchurch going to waste because the men in suits decided to covertly close down a perfectly good hospital and allow it to fall into disrepair. Hessenford
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