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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

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital and the Progress centre provide referring clinicians with the following services at the amounts given 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 the 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

 The corporate hospitality events held by the hospital or the Progress center are set out below, together with the cost of providing such events:

  • December 2016 - Consultant Christmas Dinner x 47: £172 pp
  • February 2016 - Corporate Hospitality England v France (Rugby) x 9: £1362 pp

These are at no charge to referring clinicians.

Clinician advisory services to Spire

Private hospital operators are required to disclose details of certain paid services provided by referring clinicians to private hospitals, 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.