Merger of West Sussex Provider Services and South Downs Health NHS Trust

West Sussex Health is proposing to merge its provider arm with South Downs Health NHS Trust, which will act as the host NHS Trust.

The CCP will examine the costs and benefits of the proposed merger under its merger guidelines to assess whether it could be expected to have an adverse effect on patients or taxpayers.

In doing so, the CCP will consider the effect of the transaction on patient choice and competition for community or secondary health services in West Sussex, Brighton and Hove or a wider area.

The CCP would welcome submissions in writing from interested individuals and organisations on this issue or on any other matter relevant to the CCP's assessment of this transaction under the Principles and Rules for Cooperation and Competition. To submit evidence please email

The closing date for submissions is 6 November 2009.

Administrative timetable

Event Date
CCP publishes Notice of Acceptance 28 October 2009
Closing date for Phase 1 submissions 6 November 2009
Deadline for completion of Phase 1 * 23 December 2009
Deadline for completion of Phase 2 (if required)** 22 February 2010

* At the end of Phase 1, the CCP will either:

  • recommend that the merger be allowed to proceed, or
  • recommend that the merger be allowed to proceed subject to measures agreed with the parties that address concerns identified by the CCP during Phase 1, or
  • proceed to a more detailed Phase 2 investigation.

** Phase 2 allows the CCP to conduct a more in-depth investigation where this is required to fully assess a merger.

NB. This timetable will be updated as required during the course of the inquiry.

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