MPs call for healthcare merger veto

MPs have called on ministers to veto a merger between three major residential care institutions, saying the new company would be too big and too bureaucratic.

The Philadephia Foundation, Evean Group and Woonzorg Nederland want to merge to create the country’s biggest home-nursing and residential care group. The new entity, Espira, would have 38,000 workers, over 1,000 locations and annual turnover of €1.4bn.
‘Research shows that big institutions are not more efficient but lead to more bureaucracy,’ Christian Democrat MP Jan de Vries told news agency ANP. MPs are also worried that standards would decline.
The Dutch health authority NZa is also opposed to the merger because Espira would be too dominant in the market, ANP reported.

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