Monday, 15 July 2013

Market studies and investigations: Is Monitor's GP study heading for the CC?

Much of the discussion about competition in the NHS is presently focused on the (CC's)  and implications for reconfigu…

Monday, 08 July 2013

How Easy is it for London Hospitals to Merge?

In late June, the King's Fund published a  on health care in London providing an update on service changes and arguing that the complexity and urgency of London’s challenges may require a …

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Competition in the NHS: Is the Toothpaste out of the Tube?

How easy would it be to unwind the application of competition and procurement rules in the NHS? I suspect it is more difficult than it might at first seem.

Competition in the NHS can be thought of…

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Monitor's Strategy for Securing Competition Law Compliance

For a regulator such as , charged with responsibility for enforcing competition law, the key goal is the outcome of industry compliance with the competition rules. In an ideal world, Moni…

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Merger Benefits when Assessing NHS Transactions

In my previous post I talked about the remedies the  (CC) might impose if it found that a hospital merger would reduce competition and adversely affect customers. On the other…

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

How Might the Competition Commission Remedy an NHS Hospital Merger that Reduces Competition?

Sarah Calkin's excellent review of the Bournemouth / Poole merger in  a couple of months back concluded that the  was likely to find that the merger would resul…

Friday, 14 June 2013

How Will Patients' Voices Be Heard in Competition Cases? (Part I - mergers)

Earlier this week the Secretary of State announced the suspension of the planned children's heart surgery reconfiguration as a result of a chain of events that can be traced back to legal action by …

Sunday, 09 June 2013

Are NHS Trusts Different to Foundation Trusts for Competition Regulation?

One apparent uncertainty in the NHS competition regime at the moment is whether NHS Trusts will be treated differently to Foundation Trusts when it comes to enforcing the rules on anti-competitive b…

Tuesday, 04 June 2013

Managing Tension Between Service Reconfiguration and Competition Rules

There is a lot of concern within CCGs and Trusts, and more generally within NHS , about the likelihood of service reconfigurations that could deliver high quality services being he…

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Five Tips for Getting a Merger Approved by the Competition Authorities

Going through merger control at the  (OFT) and  (CC) is time consuming and expensive. What's more, there is no guarantee that having got to the end of …

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