How do we comply with the CMA order?

Compliance with CMA Order 2014

In October 2014, the Competition and Markets Authority (the “CMA”) published the Private Healthcare Market Investigation Order 2014 (the “Order”) following its investigation into the private healthcare industry. The Order imposed requirements on private hospital operators to disclose certain information in relation to referring clinicians (as defined by the Order) for the benefit of patients. Full details about the investigation and the Order can be found on the www.gov.uk/cma-cases/private-healthcare-market-investigation. The information provided by Care UK below is required by the Order.

Care UK private healthcare services are delivered through fee rates and packages agreed between Care UK and Medical Insurers or Private Patients. Consultants who are employed or engaged through Care UK do not levy any fees directly to Medical Insurers or Private Patients, in relation to any healthcare services provided by Care UK. No Clinicians hold practicing privileges with Care UK and thus all referrals are received directly from General Practice, Private Patients or via Medical Insurers.

Care UK does not provide any Clinicians with any Direct Incentives or any High Value Services.

In the course of providing NHS and private healthcare services Care UK does provide some or all of the following Low Value Services:

  1. General services to ensure clinical safety e.g. in house training, administrative services, insurance or indemnity cover in respect of the treatment of patients.
  2. Basic workplace amenities including refreshments, subsidised meals provided on site, parking, and stationery.
  3. General marketing services e.g. general promotional events, providing consultant biographies/directories.
  4. General corporate hospitality.