The merger of two trusts in neighbouring sustainability and transformation partnership areas has been delayed by NHS Improvement.

Derby Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust and Burton Hospitals FT were expected to complete their merger by 1 April. However, the plans have been delayed after NHSI’s provider review committee said it would need more information before approving it. 

In March, the Competition and Markets Authority gave the trusts the green light to merge.

HSJ understands NHSI’s committee was due to sign off the merger in March, following the CMA’s approval, but has now asked the trusts to provide more information on the financial case.

A spokeswoman for the trusts said it hoped NHSI would approve the merger in time for it to go live by 1 July, following final approval from both trust boards.

Derby Teaching Hospitals is in Derbyshire STP while Burton is in Staffordshire STP. Once merged, the the new trust will be called University Hospitals of Derby and Burton FT.

It is the second trust merger known to have been delayed by NHSI recently. Earlier this month, HSJ reported the merger of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership Trust, which was also due to be completed by 1 April, had been delayed until the summer.

A spokeswoman for South Staffordshire and Shropshire said NHSI had asked for more time to evaluate the merger bid.