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…

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…

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