CMA provisionally clears proposed hospital merger

21st August 2015

Issued on behalf of Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

On August 14, 2015, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) provisionally cleared the proposed merger between Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Following an in-depth investigation the CMA has provisionally concluded that the proposed merger, if completed, will not give rise to a substantial lessening of competition.

The CMA will now prepare their final report for publication no later than October 7, 2015.

Chief Executive of Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals, Suzanne Rankin comments:  “We are really pleased to see that the CMA has granted provisional clearance for the two Trusts to merge.  Our proposal to merge is based around securing a stronger future for our two organisations which will allow us to deliver a number of important patient benefits, including more consultant care at weekends and increased investment in facilities and technology. This was recognised by the CMA during their investigation which highlighted the commitment and professional pride in the provision of high quality care by the staff of our organisations.”

Subject to final clearance by the CMA, the next stage will be for both Boards to consider the full business case and detailed financial plans and to make their decision on the next step forward.  Subject to their approval the process will then include an assessment by Monitor, the health sector regulator, and at a later stage, final approvals from Boards and Councils of Governors.

Nick Moberly, Chief Executive of the Royal Surrey County Hospital, adds:  “While there is still a lot of hard work to do, today’s announcement marks a very positive step forward in our plans.  Subject to approval by both Boards to move to the next stage, we will embark on a wide engagement campaign to ensure people understand what these proposals mean for both patients and staff, and to hear their views.”

As part of today’s publication, the CMA also invites comments from the public and wider stakeholders on their findings which they will take into account when preparing their final report and conclusions.

Subject to full regulatory, Board and Governor approvals, the earliest start date for the proposed new organisation would be Summer 2016.

What do you think?

The Royal Surrey would like to share with you their plans for the proposed merger with Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. They will be holding events across the county over the coming year. You can find out more about the roadshow here.

You can also share your views with us, as your independent consumer champion for health and social care. You can contact us via any of the methods on the right hand side of the page. 

Planned Roadshow events:


On 30 June 2015 at Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR from 19.00 to 20.30


On 22 July 2015 at Surrey Sports Park, University of Surrey, Richard Meyjes Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7AD from 14.00 to 16.00. This will include heart health presentations from clinicians.


On 28 September 2015 at St Hugh of Lincoln Church Hall, 95 Victoria Road, Knaphill, Woking, Surrey, GU21 2AA from 19.00 to 20.30.

North East Hants

On 21 October 2015 at Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott, Surrey, GU26 6TZ 19.00 to 20.30.


On 25 November 2015 at Cobham Village Hall, Lushington Drive, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 2LU from 19.00 to 20.30.

Surrey / Sussex Border

On 26 January 2016 at Fernhurst Village Hall, GlebeFRoad, Fernhurst, Haslemere GU27 3EH from 19.00 to 20.30.

Mole Valley

On 23 February 2016 at Dorking Christian Centre, Church Street, Dorking RH4 1DW from 19.00 to 20.30.


On 21 March 2016 at Bramley Village Hall, Hall Road, Bramley, Surrey, GU5 0AX from 19.00 to 20.30.

The events are open to all members of the public.

To book your place: email or call 01483 408 337