FINANCE: Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust over-performed by £10.9m – or 7.5 per cent – against its contract with Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust in the first six months of 2011-12.
STRUCTURE: Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust has merged with Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre to form Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.
PERFORMANCE: The Buckinghamshire health system has been given an amber “performance under review” rating by the South Central strategic health authority.
The Co-operation and Competition Panel has advised, for the first time, that a merger between two rival providers can go ahead, because the potential benefits outweighed the reduction in patient choice.
A plan to shake up hospital care in Hampshire has become the first merger of large acute trusts to pass a key test designed to enshrine competition in the NHS.
STRUCTURE: The proposed merger of Oxford Radcliffe Hospital and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre has been delayed until the autumn.
More than a quarter of the acute trusts still bidding for foundation status have seen their application date slip by over a year.
STRUCTURE: The Co-operation and Competition Panel (CCP) has started work on assessing the proposed integration of Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.
STRUCTURE: Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre plan to use their proposed merger to create a “powerful, globally recognised brand”.
COMMERCIAL: The boards of Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre plan to use the merger to create a powerful, globally recognised brand.