Merger of Portsmouth's provider services arm and Southampton City's provider services arm

NHS Portsmouth and NHS Southampton City are proposing to merge their provider arms. NHS Southampton City will act as the host PCT.

Consistent with its draft interim merger guidelines, the CCP will examine the costs and benefits of the proposed merger to patients and taxpayers, in order to ascertain whether it is consistent with Principles 9 and 10 of the Principles and Rules of Cooperation and Competition. In doing so, the CCP will consider the effect of the transaction on patient choice and competition for community health services in Portsmouth, Southampton or a wider area.

The CCP welcomes 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 18 January 2010.

Administrative timetable

Event Date
CCP publishes Notice of Acceptance 5 January 2010
Closing date for Phase 1 submissions 18 January 2010
Deadline for completion of Phase 1 * 2 March 2010
Deadline for completion of Phase 2 (if required)** 28 June 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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