This is the second time the UK competition authorities have formally considered the care homes market. The CMA’s predecessor, the OFT, reported back in 2005 and its recommendations resulted in some positive improvements. It continued to keep a watching brief on developments in the sector. The OFT and, now, the CMA have had varying success in tackling deficiencies in the operation of publicly funded healthcare. From a review of activity of the past year or so, the CMA might have more success ironing out health and social care markets either outside or on the periphery of NHS services. As part of its merger control remit for example, the CMA is currently considering mergers in foster care and adult rehabilitation services. Quite a change from its more usual focus on commercial markets.
Our cross-disciplinary team of health and social care lawyers is following these developments with interest. In the meantime, please do get in touch if you would like to discuss this or any other health and social care matters.
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