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Adjournment debate

MPs debated the proposed merger of Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Foundation Hospital Trust with the Poole Hospital Foundation Trust on 22 November 2012.

The debate was tabled by Conservative MP Christopher Chope.

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is in the process of merging with Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The move was agreed in principle by the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals and Poole Hospital boards last year.

The Office of Fair Trading has to decide whether the merger would lead to a significant lessening of competition and whether the Competition Commission should get involved.

The Competition Commission is an independent public body which helps to ensure healthy competition between companies in the UK for the ultimate benefit of consumers and the economy.

It conducts in-depth investigations into mergers and markets and also has certain functions with regard to the major regulated industries.

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