More competition monitoring by Monitor

Last week saw Monitor open up an a third investigation following a complaint by Spire Healthcare that two CCGs (Blackpool CCG and Fylde & Wyre CCG) are breaching their regulatory obligations in relation to the commissioning of elective care. In particular, the complaint alleges that the two CCGs have sought to direct patients requiring elective care away from the private hospital to the local NHS hospital.

A September blog post from Mills & Reeve’s Health Commissioning Portal reported on the predicated rise of complaints by private providers to Monitor:

A number of private providers are likely to take complaints to Monitor in the near future, the chief executive officer of Ramsay Health Care UK has warned. Jill Watts said she could ‘almost guarantee’ there would be challenges to come. She told a Westminster health forum conference that the April switchover to clinical commissioning groups under the government’s health reforms had not produced uniform changes in commissioners’ attitudes to the private sector…

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