Friday, 04 October 2013

Bailout Recipients Beware State Aid Rules

The past few weeks have seen several reports of payments being made to individual NHS trusts that appear to be unrelated to the provision of extra or additional services. This includes 


Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Keeping a Competition Inquiry on the Road

I have previously talked about the importance of having an effective relationship with the competition authorities in one of my first blogs. Following on from this, I've asked Nick Warren, former Dir…


Thursday, 19 September 2013

Competition in Private Healthcare: Is the Competition Commission's Analysis Right?

The (CC) released its in its investigation into the private healthcare market in late August. Michael White in recently provided his take on thes…


Monday, 16 September 2013

Competition Rules for Commissioners: Procurement Disputes & Conduct Complaints

Most of my posts have, to date, focused on providers, talking about mergers, cooperation and anti-competitive agreements between providers, or how and the (OFT) can…


Thursday, 12 September 2013

To Notify a Merger or Not?

With the large number of potential mergers being considered in the NHS, some of which are much less high profile than others, an interesting question is now arising for parties to these mergers. This…


Monday, 02 September 2013

What Does the OFT Think About Competition Between GPs?

Some interesting insights into how the (OFT) appears to view competition between GPs are contained in its last week on the acquisition by of c…


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Summer Break

Am off on my summer break. Will return with new posts on competition and healthcare in September.

Provisional findings on the CC inquiry into private healthcare will be out as will the final decis…


Sunday, 04 August 2013

Cooperation and Anti-Competitive Conduct: Farmers, NHS Trusts and GPs

Similar to the health sector, the (OFT) in recent years has had many queries from farmers and their representatives concerning the application of competition law. Farmers' long-…


Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Is the NHS Uniquely Susceptible to Anti-Competitive Agreements?

An exchange on Twitter last week summed up, for me at least, the challenge of applying competition law to the NHS. An NHS manager recommended that his followers also follow two others, tweeting "tw…


Monday, 22 July 2013

A Coming Tsunami of Community Services Tenders?

The Transforming Community Services (TCS) program saw PCT-based providers of community services transferred to new provider organisations, and put in place a series of new contracts between commissio…

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