Pathology consolidation and the OFT’s UCLH/Royal Free/TDL decision

Pathology has, for several years now, been identified as an area in the NHS where the reconfiguration of existing services, and the establishment of larger scale operations that serve multiple hospital sites could deliver significant efficiencies. The requirement for cost savings in the NHS has given renewed impetus to this agenda. But, at the same…

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

The Competition Commission (CC) released its Provisional Findings in its investigation into the private healthcare market in late August. Michael White in HSJ recently provided his take on these findings. What struck me most on looking through the report was the CC’s conclusion that competition between NHS and private hospitals is quite limited when it comes to private patients. In this…

What Does the OFT Think About Competition Between GPs?

Some interesting insights into how the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) appears to view competition between GPs are contained in its decision last week on the acquisition by SSP Health Limited of contracts to run 22 GP practices in Merseyside. (Further analysis of merger control issues in relation to GP practices is also set out in these blog posts on GP…