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Competition watchdog sees sharp rise in inquiries from CCGs

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6137 (Published 17 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6137
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The regulator in charge of overseeing competition in the NHS in England has been deluged by inquiries from the new clinical commissioning groups confused at whether they need to tender services on the open market, said one of the regulator’s senior executives.

Catherine Davies, executive director of cooperation and competition at Monitor, said that the number of inquiries rose by 55% in the period May to July 2013 over the monthly average last year. This rise coincided with new laws on tendering for contracts …

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