• Derby Teaching Hospitals FT and Burton Hospitals FT aim to merge by next spring
  • Gavin Boyle to be chief executive of the new organisation

Two trusts in neighbouring sustainability and transformation partnerships have confirmed they aim to merge in early 2018, following the outcome of a review by the Competition and Markets Authority.

Derby Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust and Burton Hospitals FT have confirmed their intention to merge by spring next year.

The trusts have submitted a “patient benefits case” to the CMA and aim to present a full business case for the merger after approval from the regulator.

Derby Teaching Hospitals is currently part of the Derbyshire STP, while Burton Hospitals sits within the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent STP.

Both trust boards have already approved an outline business case for the merger.

Last month, the trusts announced that the prospective chief executive of the new organisation would be Gavin Boyle, current chief of the Derby trust.

John Rivers, who is already chair of both trusts, has also been named prospective chair of the merged provider.

A spokeswoman for Derby Teaching Hospitals said: “We are confident that we can demonstrate significant benefits for patients in these detailed plans.

“We are fully committed to retaining a vibrant district general hospital in Burton and a merger will allow us to provide Derby’s specialist services to a larger population. We will also be able to make better use of the community hospitals in Derby, Tamworth and Lichfield.”