Bed pans and balance sheets
A recent decision by the Competition Commission that public bodies can be subject to competition law has far-reaching implications for those contracting with public authorities and governmental policy, argues Colin Hayburn
A ground-breaking decision by the Competition Commission in August means that public bodies, such as NHS trusts, are now subject to regulation under the Competition Act 1998. The case involved a Northern Irish company, BetterCare Group, which alleged that the conduct of North and West Belfast Health Trust was abusive and unfair when it bought residential and nursing care services from BetterCare.
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