NHS Wiltshire Conduct Complaint

Circle Health Limited has asked the CCP to assess whether NHS Wiltshire (commissioning on behalf of itself, NHS Bath and NHS North East Somerset) has acted inconsistently with the Principles and Rules for Cooperation and Competition, by imposing restrictions on providers providing or seeking to provide elective care under an 'any willing provider' model of care in these PCT areas.

The CCP is assessing this issue under the conduct provisions of the Principles and Rules for Cooperation and Competition and will decide whether the conduct of NHS Wiltshire could be expected to give rise to an adverse effect on patients or taxpayers.*

The CCP would welcome submissions from interested individuals and organisations on any matter relevant to the CCP's assessment of this case under the Principles and Rules for Cooperation and Competition. To submit evidence please use the email address: cases@ccpanel.gsi.gov.uk.

The closing date for initial submissions is 31 January 2011.

* This conduct complaint raises similar issues to the CCP study into the operation of 'any willing provider' for the provision of routine elective care under 'free choice' and will be considered alongside the CCP study.

Administrative timetable

Event Date
CCP publishes Notice of Acceptance 6 January 2011
Closing date for Phase I submissions 31 January 2011
Deadline for completion of Phase I** 3 March 2011
Deadline for completion of Phase II (if required)*** 30 June 2011

** At the end of Phase I, the CCP will either:

  • advise that the conduct in question is consistent with the Principles and Rules for Cooperation and Competition; or
  • proceed to a more detailed Phase II investigation.

*** Phase II allows the CCP to undertake a more in-depth investigation where this is required to fully assess the matter.

NB. This timetable will be updated as required during the course of the inquiry.


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