York trusts did not submit below-cost bid for orthopaedic services, rules competition panel

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 01 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3131
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A group of GPs in partnership with the private company Virgin Care, part of the Virgin Group, has failed to win a ruling that an NHS hospital trust bidding against the partnership to provide community orthopaedic services had engaged in “predatory pricing.”

Assura East Riding LLP, a partnership of 13 general practices and Virgin Care, filed a complaint against NHS North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust (PCT) and York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with the NHS Cooperation and Competition Panel.

The complaint accused the PCT of acting unfairly in awarding …

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