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Monitor attempts to allay NHS competition fears

The competition regulator has sought to allay fears around the controversial Section 75 regulations by issuing draft guidance suggesting that CCGs will not be forced to put services out to tender, even when there is more than one potential provider.

The guidance from Monitor follows fears expressed by commissioners that they would be hamstrung by the competition regulations – which state that CCGs would have to put services out to tender unless they could prove the service could only be provided by one provider – despite a rewrite by the Government.

But Monitor’s clarification suggests that CCGs can carry out a review of provision of a particular service and identify the most capable providers as part of that review, negating the need to put the services out to tender.

Read more in Pulse.

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