Monday, 13 November 2017

Unintended effects of limiting out of area placements?

NHS mental health trusts could, according to a , face regulatory action for not reducing the time patients spend in units a long way from home (known as 'out of area placements').

Th…


Wednesday, 08 November 2017

Competition from app-based GP services poses challenge for CMA

NHS England has announced the piloting of an app that allows patients to access a GP through their smartphone.

GP services offered through the app will compete with existing bricks and mortar servi…


Friday, 22 September 2017

Making more NHS mergers more successful

NHS merger activity has increased markedly in the past 12 months. The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has just cleared major transactions in Manchester and Birmingham, and further NHS merge…


Monday, 04 July 2016

Joint bidding as a competition issue

Late last month the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) published an with advice on how to spot bid rigging.

Bid rigging is rightfully re…


Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Brexit and NHS competition and procurement rules

Brexit’s impact on the regulation of NHS procurement and competition, , is likely to be limited. At the risk of unnecessarily adding to the volume of Brexit-relate…


Monday, 09 May 2016

Agency price caps: one year on

Almost a year has passed since the Government's plans for agency price caps were first .

At the time, I asked whether , and whether


Monday, 11 April 2016

When is competitive tendering good for services?

HSJ has that an increase in competitive tendering of NHS contracts may be a result of the new Public Contracts regulations that come into force in April. There is an interesting contrast b…


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Competition risks for GP federations and super practices

The trend towards delivering GP services at increased scale seems to have gathered pace over the past few months.

In January, HSJ tracked


Tuesday, 01 December 2015

How much does competition influence Acute Trust behaviour?

Merger analysis is about assessing how much competition will be lost if two organisations merge, and deciding whether this matters. My last blog talked about how GP referral analysis could be used to…


Thursday, 26 November 2015

Using patient referrals to analyse hospital competition

This week the Health Foundation hosted a panel discussion which looked back on the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) review of the planned merger between Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NH…

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