Ramsay’s bid for Spire: upcoming CMA review

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is about to dive into the health sector again with Ramsay Health Care today announcing an offer to acquire Spire Healthcare. Only last year, the CMA reviewed Circle’s acquisition of BMI Healthcare. To get the deal through Circle had to sell two hospitals across the three areas where…

CMA risks for upcoming Health and Care deals

Post-pandemic, several deals have entered the healthcare M&A pipeline. LaingBuisson reports that advisers have appointed to help sell businesses in children’s services (Keys Group, Sandcastle Care and Priory Group), mental health (Huntercombe Group and Priory Group), private hospitals (Aspen Healthcare) and specialist care (Active Care Group). Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) intervention will be a…

CMA clears Bournemouth – Poole NHS merger

Today’s decision by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA), allowing the NHS hospital trusts in Bournemouth and Poole to merge, is a significant milestone. The CMA has overturned the Competition Commission’s (CC’s) prohibition of this merger, and it may also be the CMA’s last review of an NHS trust merger where the focus is on…

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…

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