There are proposals to join Ashford and St Peter’s with the Royal Surrey County Hospital.
The Competition and Markets Authority have now given the proposal their approval.
There are still many more checks that need to take place before the merger becomes a reality though.
Chief Executive of Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals, Suzanne Rankin said:
“Naturally we are pleased to receive the CMA’s final report, which confirms their final position.
We are particularly pleased that, following a really detailed assessment, the CMA has given us an unconditional clearance, with no suggested remedies or actions.
This is an extremely positive position to be in and recognises both the benefits the proposed merger would bring to patients and the commitment to high quality care shown by the staff of our two organisations.”
Nick Moberly, Chief Executive of the Royal Surrey County Hospital, said:
“Today’s announcement, published ahead of the CMA’s final deadline of 7th October, marks an important milestone in our planning and is a very positive step forward.
Subject to approval by both Boards later in the autumn, we will then embark on a wide engagement campaign to ensure people understand what these proposals mean for both patients and staff, and to hear their views.”
Subject to full regulatory, Board and Governor approvals, the earliest start date for the proposed new organisation would be Summer 2016.