NHS mergers 'solve nothing'

Hospital mergers do not benefit patients and are unlikely to be the most effective way to deal with financial problems, a government report says.

Merging units leads to a decline in financial performance, longer waiting times and no sign of clinical improvements, a study funded by the Department of Health found.

But ministers want most NHS trusts to become foundation trusts by April 2014, either on their own or through mergers.

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