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NHS competition rules investigated

NHS regulator Monitor will be taking a closer look at competition rules that were brought in under the Health and Social Care Act following a complaint from BMI Healthcare, The Independent reports.

The group says it is displeased by purchasing decisions taken by NHS England in relation to one of its clinics in Sheffield that provides radiotherapy treatment. According to the daily, this is the first test of the section 75 regulations under the Act, introduced on 1 April, which determine when and how competition in the NHS should be used.

No details of the complaint from BMI’s Thornbury Centre were available at the time of the report but Monitor said its duty is to protect the interests of people who use NHS-funded services and it will be checking if “rules have been breached in the procurement of radiosurgery services”.