The Irish Competition Authority secures competition law undertakings (Irish Medical Organisation)

Introduction The Competition Authority (‘the Authority’) initiated Irish High Court proceedings against the Irish Medical Organisation (‘IMO’) in July 2013 [1] following the IMO’s refusal to rescind a decision of its General Practitioners (‘GP’) Committee to withdraw certain patient services in protest at proposed Government cuts to fees paid to GPs under the General Medical Services (GMS) contract. Section 4 of the Competition Act, 2002 (‘the Act’) is the domestic Irish equivalent of Article 101 TFEU, whereby agreements between undertakings, decisions by associations of undertakings and concerted practices that have an anti-competitive object or effect are prohibited and void. Under competition law, self-employed individuals (such as GPs) cannot act collectively with the aim of

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Eoin Kealy, The Irish Competition Authority secures competition law undertakings (Irish Medical Organisation), 28 May 2014, e-Competitions May 2014, Art. N° 68715

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