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Mergers and acquisitions 'will make NHS cost-efficient'

The NHS will benefit from mergers and acquisitions, says expert.

21 May 2010

The successful completion of various mergers and acquisitions could make the NHS "cost-efficient", it has been suggested.

Writing for the Times, Giles Newman, healthcare sector partner at Grant Thornton UK, suggests that mergers and acquisitions within the healthcare sector could prove to be a success, not just a necessity.

He believes that the new coalition government will be looking at how best to consolidate services in order to reduce costs, but will not want to jeopardise quality.

While the suggestion of widespread cuts and changes will no doubt be met with criticism from a number of corners, Mr Newman points to the fact that such developments are nothing new.

He writes: "Mergers in the NHS are already under way through the Transforming Community Services agenda, whereby community services such as district nursing are being more closely aligned to hospitals and other healthcare providers."

Mr Newman continues to say that while there have been instances of "limited impact" mergers, the government's primary aim will be to secure change that is backed up with financial stability.

Grant Thornton is a UK-based chartered accountancy.

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