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NHS competition rules are “not fit for purpose,” think tank chief says

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5643 (Published 17 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5643
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The government’s new rules governing competition in the NHS are not fit for purpose and should be re-examined to ensure that necessary service changes can take place, says the head of an influential health think tank.

Chris Ham, chief executive of the King’s Fund, said that new laws introduced under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 were hampering efforts to integrate services and diverting resources from where they were most needed.

Ham’s remarks came after a debate at the King’s Fund last week, where the deputy chairman of the healthcare regulator Monitor argued that the new system, which requires potential mergers to be assessed firstly by Monitor before potentially being referred to the Office of Fair Trading …

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