Amsterdam’s two teaching hospitals AMC and VUmc cleared to merge

Amsterdam’s VU medical centre. Photo: VUmc.com

The Dutch competition authority ACM said on Tuesday it has no objections to the merger of Amsterdam’s two teaching hospitals, Amsterdam University’s AMC and the VU University’s medical centre, into a single hospital group.

The two hospitals, which first said they planned to merge in 2010, will create the biggest hospital group in the country with annual turnover of €1.7bn.

The AMC said there is no reason to block the merger because people in Amsterdam still have sufficient alternative hospitals to choose from.