STRUCTURE: Deloitte has been appointed to work on Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Trust’s bid to de-merge its hospitals and re-merge with neighbours.

The only bidders for the hospitals are St George’s Healthcare Trust for St Helier and Ashford & St Peter’s Foundation Trust for Epsom.

A report to the January board said: “Following a short tender process Deloitte have been appointed to support the submission to the Co-operation and Competition Panel (CCP), and they are now working to prepare the case for this important submission.

“It is anticipated that workshops will be held early in January with clinical staff to facilitate this.”

The outline business case for the move has been completed and the board hopes to approve it in February.

It said the “levels of transitional support” that would be required had yet to be decided.

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