CMA launches new probe into private healthcare market

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a fresh investigation into suspected ‘anti-competitive arrangements’ in the private healthcare market, five years after publishing its final report on measures to increase competition in the sector.

The watchdog has released scant details of the new probe, which comes just days after a report published by the Centre for Health and Public Interest revealed a potential conflict of interest when consultants own shares in the private facilities where they practise.

In a statement, the CMA said: ‘No assumption should be made at this stage that the Competition Act 1998 has been infringed. The CMA has not reached a view as to whether there is sufficient evidence of an infringement of competition law for it to issue a statement of objections to any of the parties under investigation. Not all cases result in the CMA issuing a statement of objections.’

The CMA is due to decide in October whether to proceed with the case.