Competition panel looks at NHS provider shift

Posted on May 28, 2009. Filed under: Arm's length providers, Journals | Tags: |

Health Services Journal | BY HELEN CRUMP | 27 May 2009

The co-operation and competition panel is to investigate plans to transfer a primary care trust provider arm’s services to a foundation trust.

The co-operation and competition panel is to investigate plans to transfer a primary care trust provider arm’s services to a foundation trust.

The proposal to shift Barking and Dagenham PCT’s community health services to North East London foundation trust for two years will be the second case to be investigated by the panel, which started work in January.

The combined turnover of the two organisations will be more than the £35m threshold for community service providers at which an assessment is required.

Whether provider arm mergers are anti-competitive is as yet untested but half of PCTs hope to merge provider arms.

Panel director Andrew Taylor said: “Everyone’s going to be paying close attention to see how we deal with it.”

The Department of Health will carry out a “major review” of its principles of co-operation and competition in the summer.

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