Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 11 February 2003, Official Report, column 666W, on hospital mergers, if he will (a) name and (b) publish the study covering trusts in London. [99451]

    Mr. Hutton [holding answer 27 February 2003]: The article referred to in my response of 11 February 2003 is “Process and impact of mergers of NHS trusts: multicentre case study and management cost analysis” (Fulop N, Protopsaltis G., Hutchings A., King A., Alien P., Normand C., Walters R.).

    This study was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on 3 August 2002?reference BMJ 2002;325:246?9. It is also available on the BMJ‘s website at www.bmi.com/all/shtml and in the Library.

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