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Nine private hospitals should be sold to increase competition, says commission

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 20 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g397
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The UK Competition Commission has dropped an idea to impose price controls on private hospital operators to curb profiteering. But its proposal that two big private health groups should sell nine of their hospitals to open up the market has angered both companies.

BMI Healthcare said that the commission’s provisional decision that it should sell seven hospitals in London, the home counties, and the north west of England was “unjustified” and “based on flawed analysis.”

HCA International, which runs 29 hospitals and health centres in England, mostly in London, said that it would fight an order to sell its London Bridge and Princess Grace hospitals in central London, saying the recommendation was “plainly wrong.”

The commission announced its …

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