A successful NHS merger is the exception, not the rule

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The Department of Health and commissioners allocated close to £2 billion to just 12 of 20 foundation trust and NHS trust mergers in the past five years.

This compares to £200 million so far set aside to implement the new care models outlined in the NHS five year forward view. NHS leaders predict a steady flow of mergers in the near future – despite the lack of evidence that they generally lead to more sustainable organisations or improve the quality of care.

Our report on recent NHS mergers makes for sober reading.

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