Chambers News and Current Issues...
The Government’s proposals to develop a number of NHS and individual
DTCs will be another driver for consultants to form working groups or
chambers. A meeting to discuss this issue will be held on 7th October
- DTC event programme
Office of Fair Trading report into Anaesthetic practices
18 months ago AXA PPP complained to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT)
about a number of groups of anaesthetists from around the country who
they argued were working as a local “cartel” with a fee
setting programme which was contrary to the Competition Act. Extensive
investigations by the OFT have now been published and no evidence of
such cartels has been found. The groups concerned were all found to
be working in different legal entities but were all essentially seen
as “one undertaking”.
An undertaking, in the context of competition law, includes any natural
or legal person capable of carrying on commercial or economic activities.
It includes, inter alia, companies, firms, businesses, partnerships
and individuals operating as sole traders (The Chapter I Prohibition,
Whilst this matter appears to have been resolved satisfactorily, The
Chapter II Prohibition of the Act which deals with dominant trader positions
was not explored in this Inquiry.
Article Added - June 2003