Thursday, 15 October 2015

Reflections on the Ashford / Royal Surrey merger decision

Readers with an ongoing interest in the competition in healthcare are no doubt aware of the by the Competition & Market Authority (CMA) to clear the planned merger between Ashfo…


Monday, 12 October 2015

Is Monitor's draft tariff a recipe for longer waiting times?

Last week Monitor released its for Acute Trusts. Nearly half of the 75 acute trusts it audited had "materially inaccurate" reference costs.

Monitor's report poin…


Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Community Pharmacy: entry controls and industry concentration

Community pharmacies are at the centre of much interesting work in terms of delivering more care to NHS patients, and taking some of the strain off other parts of the healthcare system.


Thursday, 16 July 2015

What's the point of transparency?

talked about the role of intelligent transparency as a means of improving NHS services.

Transparency, of course, isn't an end in itself. From a patient's perspective, …


Tuesday, 14 July 2015

When does an alliance become a merger?

(Walsall, Sandwell & West Birmingham and Dudley) raises at least two interesting questions from a competition…


Tuesday, 02 June 2015

Does coordinated action against staffing agencies breach competition law?

In the last few days I have written about , and


Sunday, 31 May 2015

Will capping agency rates save the NHS money?

Amongst the , it isn't clear to me whether the discussion is about capping the amount paid to …


Thursday, 28 May 2015

Are staffing agencies ripping off the NHS?

that there "is now a clear case for clamping down on 'egregious prices' being charged by some staffing agencies, says Simon Stevens in his report to the NHS England board".

At …


Thursday, 21 May 2015

Are the new models of care at risk of vexatious complaints to Monitor?

Simon Stevens  launched a hospital chains vanguard taking forward the work of last year's Dalton Review. Andy Cowper, tweeting from the event, reminded us of his Health Policy Insight


Thursday, 05 February 2015

A Model of Data Transparency & Comparative Competition for the NHS?

Jeremy Hunt gives the impression of not being very enthusiastic about patient choice and competition in the NHS. This may well explain the small number of competition investigations by Monitor over t…

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