Takeover of Leeds’ Emis Group by US health giant given provisional clearance

A £1.24bn deal between US United Health Group and Leeds-based Emis Group has been provisionally cleared by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).
It comes more than a year after terms were agreed for Minnesota-based United’s takeover of the provider of patient record IT services to the NHS. AIM listed Emis revealed the update to investors as its shares jumped more than 22%.
In March, the CMA said it had launched an in-depth investigation into the deal after an initial probe suggested it could risk worse outcomes for the NHS by removing competition. United’s subsidiary Optum UK provides prescription software used by GPs as well as da …