Monitor will consider complaints about anti-competitive commissioning from individual patients and representative groups, under new guidance.
Commissioners of Torbay’s pioneering integrated care organisation are taking legal advice amid fears its progress could be placed “in jeopardy” by a requirement to competitively tender some services, HSJ has learned.
An acute provider and a community health trust are likely to compete to be the lead provider of services for the frail elderly under planned changes to contracting in Oxfordshire.
New guidelines from the NHS’s competition watchdog may lead commissioners to “perceive the scope for regulatory action as being so wide that it inhibits service redesign”, an influential think tank has warned.
The Liberal Democrats’ health spokeswoman in the Lords has told HSJ she will have “no problem” asking her party to support the government in next week’s crucial vote on new NHS competition regulations.
Drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline has been accused by the competition watchdog of paying firms to delay the launch of cheaper versions of its antidepressant treatment, in a move which denied the NHS “significant” cost savings.
HSJ Briefing is our in-depth analysis of key issues facing some of the major NHS health economies. This week we examine the proposed merger between Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals and Poole Hospital foundation trusts
The chief executive of healthcare sector regulator Monitor has rejected claims that controversial new competition regulations could lead to a sharp increase in competitive tendering for NHS services.
Monitor this week published a suite of recommendations aimed at encouraging commissioners to allow providers to compete more to supply NHS care. The healthcare sector regulator concluded opportunities to compete were being “unduly limited” by existing commissioning practices.
Healthcare sector regulator Monitor has confirmed the Office of Fair Trading will in future have responsibility for assessing any merger involving an NHS foundation trust.
Healthcare sector regulator Monitor and the NHS Commissioning Board this week issued a joint statement of intent on how competition would work in the reformed health service, amid continuing political controversy about the government’s NHS competition regulations.
Sir David Nicholson has told MPs a ban on “gagging” of NHS staff will be applied retrospectively, suggesting relevant confidentiality agreements no longer apply to those who have signed them in the past.
The government’s changes to controversial secondary legislation covering the contracting of NHS services have sparked disagreement over the effect of the new rules.
The Department of Health has amended key sections of controversial secondary legislation covering the contracting out of NHS services.
The providers involved in the first merger between two foundation trusts have signed up to undertakings restricting how they can communicate with each other.
The government will amend its controversial competition regulations, minister Norman Lamb has said.
Lord Howe has written to Parliament playing down the effect of new competition rules, in an attempt to stave off political opposition, HSJ has learned.
Labour is calling on peers to reject controversial secondary legislation governing competition and the tendering of NHS services.
Private companies providing NHS services are being allowed access to the NHS pension scheme ahead of anticipated Treasury action to widen eligibility, HSJ has learned.
Community services worth billions of pounds are likely to be made subject to increased competition by guidance to be developed under controversial new secondary legislation, HSJ has learned.
NHS Competition Resources
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Charities and the NHS should work together to deliver joined-up care patients deserve
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