The UK OFT reveals that eight NHS trusts have been engaged in the exchange of commercially sensitive information (SPHA)

Competition law and the National Health Service* On 16 August 2012 the Office of Fair Trading revealed that eight NHS trusts had been engaged in the exchange of commercially sensitive information. The information related to the price each would charge self-paying patients, or patients’ insurers, for treatment in a hospital operated by an NHS trust when that treatment was privately funded. The file was closed when the OFT received assurances that the information exchange had ceased and that the parties would provide their staff with training on competition law compliance. In the press release the OFT said: “We urge all Trusts to take steps to ensure they are compliant with competition law when engaging in commercial activity.” This of course begs a question: when are NHS bodies engaged

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Okeoghene Odudu, The UK OFT reveals that eight NHS trusts have been engaged in the exchange of commercially sensitive information (SPHA), 16 August 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin August 2012, Art. N° 60076

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