The statement reads:
"Following work in 2013 on an outline business case looking into the acquisition of Heatherwood and Wexham Park NHS Foundation Trust (HWPH) by Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (FPH), the FPH board agreed in August to proceed to the next stage subject to further assurances from the relevant authorities.
"The FPH Board is now able to announce that it is in a position to begin work on a full business case which will examine the prospects of the acquisition in much greater detail.
"Finalising the full business case is likely to take several months and is due to be finished by the summer.
"Once completed it will form the basis of the case made to each trust’s Board and Council of Governors and to the Office of Fair Trading and Monitor, the Foundation trust regulator, in seeking their agreement for the acquisition to go ahead.
The boards of both trusts remain in favour of the acquisition provided conditions are right.
"An acquisition would, for example, provide a larger catchment population to enable the enlarged trust to sustain existing specialist services.
"The acquisition would also provide an option to develop the Heatherwood Hospital site as a centre for planned surgery to serve patients from both trusts’ existing catchments, taking some pressure away from both the Frimley and Wexham Park sites.
"However, no final decision has yet been made and the acquisition will only proceed if it is felt to be in the best interests of both trusts and the patients they serve."