Montreux acquires Christchurch: merger control in neuro-rehab services

The acquisition of neuro-rehabilitation provider, Christchurch Group, by Montreux Capital in December 2019 is a useful prompt for reviewing merger control risks in neuro-rehab services and wider adult specialist care.¬†While the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has reviewed several mergers in the mental health sector in recent years (e.g. Acadia’s acquisition of Priory Group), neuro-rehab…

Health and Care: Recent trends in CMA merger reviews

The CMA has taken an increasing interest in reviewing mergers in the health and care sector in recent years. In part, this has been a result of the CMA taking on responsibility for reviewing mergers between NHS hospitals. With the Government now considering whether this should continue, its worth having a look at recent trends…

Competition risks for GP practice mergers

Large-scale GP organisations, including corporations that own multiple GP practices and super-partnerships between GP practices, are growing rapidly. The development of Primary Care Networks by NHS England seems likely to further encourage this growth. However, many large-scale GP organisations have a significant number of practices in local areas, and further expansion could lead to scrutiny…

Mental health: unintended effects of limiting out of area placements?

NHS mental health trusts could, according to a report in HSJ, face regulatory action for not reducing the time patients spend in units a long way from home (known as ‘out of area placements’). There is little to argue about with a policy that is aimed at ending by 2020/21 what are known in NHS-speak…

Competition from app-based GP services poses challenge for CMA

NHS England has announced the piloting of an app that allows patients to access a GP through their smartphone. GP services offered through the app will compete with existing bricks and mortar services, and represents a massive injection of competition into primary care services. Patient migration to the app-based service will leave existing GP practices…