The Irish High Court finds that the State does not operate as an “Undertaking” in the use of its ambulance fleet for emergency services and the transport of public patients (Lifeline)

This case concerned a private undertaking, Lifeline Ambulance Services Limited (“Lifeline”) that operates a fleet of ambulances and is engaged in the business of providing transport for hospital patients and others in need of such services brought against the State owned Health Service Executive (“HSE”) which operates a fleet of ambulances called the National Ambulance Service (“NAS”). Lifeline’s claim was based on Article 102 TFEU and the Irish equivalent law, namely Section 5 of the Competition Act, 2002. Lifeline alleged that it was at risk of being eliminated from the market in which it had been operating by the decision or strategy of the HSE to reduce and eventually do away with any reliance upon the purchase of ambulance services such as those offered by Lifeline in order to

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Patrick O'Brien, The Irish High Court finds that the State does not operate as an “Undertaking” in the use of its ambulance fleet for emergency services and the transport of public patients (Lifeline), 23 November 2012, e-Competitions November 2012, Art. N° 57268

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