The UK Competition Authority fines £1.2 million healthcare providers and consultants for price fixing (Spire Healthcare)

Spire Healthcare, a private healthcare provider, and six consultant ophthalmologists have been fined for their roles in facilitating and arranging to fix the price of initial consultations between different consultants at a Spire hospital in the north of England. Whilst individual consultants were fined in the range of GBP 642 to GBP 3,859 for agreeing to fix initial consultation fees, the private healthcare group was fined GBP 1.2 million for its role as the instigator and facilitator of the arrangement as a result of the UK Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") applying a significant uplift for specific deterrence and proportionality. A costly

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Duncan Liddell, Alexi Dimitriou, Christopher Eberhardt, The UK Competition Authority fines £1.2 million healthcare providers and consultants for price fixing (Spire Healthcare), 1 July 2020, e-Competitions July 2020, Art. N° 96121

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