The Principles and Rules of Co-operation and Competition place obligations on healthcare providers and commissioners regarding conduct that may adversely affect patients. For example:
Complaints about conduct that is considered to be in breach of the rules may be made to the CCP for investigation. If the CCP considers that such behaviour is in breach of the rules, it may advise the Secretary of State or Monitor that action should be taken to prevent the conduct or to otherwise address the adverse effect that it is having on patients or taxpayers.
We encourage parties that are concerned about whether their actions may be in breach of the Principles and Rules of Co-operation and Competition to seek informal guidance from us.
For a conduct complaint to be accepted for investigation, we must judge that:
The conduct case process is governed by the CCP's Rules of Procedure and conduct case guidelines.
We have adopted a two-phase approach to assessing conduct. In the first phase, we will consider whether to advise that no action be taken in relation to the conduct in question or whether a more detailed second-phase assessment is required.
The first-phase assessment will be completed within 40 working days, and the second-phase assessment will be completed within 80 working days.
|Complaint submitted to CCP||Day 0|
|Notice of acceptance published||Within 10 working days|
|Phase-one assessment||Within 40 working days|
|Phase-two assessment (where required)||Within 80 working days|
The timetable for a conduct case may be suspended by the CCP to allow for the provision of further information, or it may be extended with the approval of the relevant sponsor.
We have published draft guidelines that set out: