The competition regulator has said it will allow the merger of two private hospital groups if its concerns about reduced competition in two regions are resolved.
Around three-quarters of the London Nightingale’s beds are earmarked for intensive care, in contrast to the “step-down” care model being planned at its Birmingham and Manchester counterparts. As the capital’s capacity concerns shift from ICU to community provision, should London refocus?
Financial penalties are being lifted from high-profile standards including cancer and elective waiting times, so far without attracting much attention. How is this happening? And will it work, asks Rob Findlay