Despite political statements to the contrary, the independent healthcare sector will be key in advancing innovation, providing resource and promoting new models of care to enable healthcare provision in the UK to evolve to meet the ever increasing demands of an aging population with more complex needs.

As the influence of the independent health sector grows and increased amounts of M&A activity follows with new market entrants, potential acquirers need to be mindful of the due diligence issues that need to be addressed, some of the recent CMA decisions and how to structure a transaction for the best outcome.