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Confederation: ‘PCT commissioning behaviour not at odds with competition rules’

 

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Confederation: ‘PCT commissioning behaviour not at odds with competition rules’

The NHS Confederation’s Primary Care Trust (PCT) Network has argued that commissioners have not routinely gone against competition rules or inappropriately restricted patient choice when commissioning elective care services for patients.

In its submission to the Cooperation and Competition Panel’s (CCP) inquiry in to the use of the “any willing provider” policy on routine elective care, the network responds to criticisms voiced by some providers about PCTs behaviour being inconsistent with the Principles and Rules of Cooperation and Competition (PRCC).


The submission outlines the challenges that commissioners face ensuring they meet the best interests of patients and the interests of taxpayers. It says that while it has not received evidence to suggest commissioners have gone against competition rules, commissioners may sometimes appropriately restrict patient choice if it is in the interest of maximising the overall benefits to patients and tax-payers. More ……