STRUCTURE: The trust’s takeover by Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust has been cleared to go through at the end of this month, the acquiring trust reported this afternoon.

A statement released by CMFT said that the merger had received final approval from the health secretary, and would take place on 1 April.

The secretary of state’s clearance is the final stage in the takeover process, following approvals from the Co-operation and Competition Panel, the Care Quality Commission and FT regulator Monitor.