Compliance with CMA Order 2014

In October 2014, the Competition and Markets Authority (the "CMA") published the Private Healthcare Market Investigation Order 2014 (the "Order") following its investigation into the private healthcare industry. The Order imposed requirements on private hospital operators to disclose certain information in relation to referring clinicians (as defined by the Order) for the benefit of patients. Full details about the investigation and the Order can be found on the CMA web page. The information provided by Spire Healthcare below is required by the Order.

"Higher value" services

The services provided at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital and the Progress centre to referring clinicians and the amounts charged by Spire for those services are set out below:

  • Use of consulting rooms: £15 per hour
  • Office rental: £37 per sq metre per month
  • Website hosting/support: £300 per year

“Low value” services

The following “low-value” services are also provided to referring clinicians with practising privileges at this hospital and the Progress centre:

  • General services to ensure clinical safety (e.g. in-house training, chaperones)
  • Operational services such as patient bookings/admissions, administrative services and billing, and insurance/indemnity cover in respect of NHS patients
  • General marketing support, including production of consultant directories, promotional activities, web profiles etc.
  • Basic workplace amenities such as teas/coffees/refreshments, subsidised meals, car parking, stationery.

Corporate hospitality events for referring clinicians

A Spire group Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) Chairs conference was held in February 2016 in Budapest, focusing on clinical safety and governance issues. MAC Chairs from all of Spire’s 38 hospitals were invited to attend, with their partners, and were joined by members of Spire’s senior management. The total cost of the event was approximately £83,800.

Corporate hospitality events held by the hospital or the Progress center at no charge to referring clinicians are set out below, together with the cost of providing such events:
  • December 2015 - Consultant Christmas Dinner x 45: £156 pp
  • March 2016 - Corporate Hospitality England v Wales (Rugby) x 8: £1335 pp
  • June 2016 - Corporate Event at Wimbledon x 10: £895 pp
  • July 2016 - Corporate Event Cambridge Town Bumps x 15: £55 pp

Clinician advisory services to Spire

Private hospital operators are required to disclose details of certain paid services provided by referring clinicians to private hospitals operators in addition to exercising practising privileges at their facilities. This information can be found on the Progress centre website or the referring clinician’s individual web page profile on this hospital website.