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 Gatwick Park Hospital to referring clinicians and the amounts charged by Spire for those services are set out below:

  • Use of consulting rooms: £20 per hour
  • Medical secretarial services: Staff costs recharged in full
  • Office rental: £450 per month

The Spire Healthcare Group Clinical Governance and Safety Board Committee hosted a dinner attended by 2 consultants on 13 June 2017 at a cost per head of £50.

“Low Value” Services

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

  • General services to ensure clinical safety (eg in-house training, chaperones)
  • Operational services such as patient bookings/admissions, administrative services and billing (including online booking and payment for consultations), 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

Spire group Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) Chairs conferences are held twice a year, focusing on clinical safety and governance issues. MAC Chairs from all of Spire’s 39 hospitals are invited to attend, with their partners, and are joined by members of Spire’s senior management. In 2017, the conferences were held in Berlin and Aylesbury and the total cost of the events was approximately £85,000 and £25,000 respectively. In 2018, a conference was held in Berlin and the total cost of the event was approximately £88,000. In 2019, a conference was held in Lisbon and the total cost of the event was approximately £95,000. MAC Chairs were also invited to attend the Spire Healthcare Senior Management Conference in Birmingham in June 2018 (8 MAC Chairs attended at a cost of £845 per head).

Corporate hospitality events held by the hospital at no charge to referring clinicians are set out below, together with the cost of providing such events:

  • 10 February 2018: 10 consultants and senior managers attended the rugby game England vs Wales at Twickenham at a cost of £941 per head.
  • A Spire Gatwick Park Medical Advisory Committee Dinner was held on 12 December 2018, attended by members of the MAC, their partners and Senior Management from Spire Gatwick Park. The total cost of the event was approximately £2,000.

Clinician Financial Interests in Spire

Private hospital operators are required to disclose details of referring clinicians practising at their facilities, who have a share or financial interest in those facilities or any equipment used there. Some clinicians may own shares in Spire Healthcare Group plc, which were acquired either at the admission price or through trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. Where a referring clinician has an individual web page profile on this hospital website, relevant shares and/or financial interests are disclosed there. For referring clinicians who do not have an individual profile, their shares and/or financial interests are shown below:

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 that hospital. This information can be found on the referring clinician’s individual web page profile on this hospital website or as follows:

  • Dr Simon Stern provides Haematology advisory services to the pre-assessment team at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital. A quarterly fee of £250 is paid for these services.
  • Dr Simon Parrington is a consultant anaesthetist working with Surrey and Sussex Anaesthetists LLP (SASA). Dr Simon Parrington provides anaesthetic advisory services to the pre-operative assessment team at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital. A fee of £500 per session is paid to SASA for these services.
  • Dr Bruce Stewart is engaged by the Hospital as Microbiology Advisor. His duties include Infection Control Doctor duties, out of hours and remote telephone advice to the pathology department and the hospital based Infection Prevention and Control Lead. He is paid £1,000 per month for these services.
  • Dr Barbara Bray is Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital. Their role is to provide senior professional advice to the Hospital Director and Director of Clinical Services in order to support effective medical governance and oversight. They are paid £12,000 per annum for this role and are also entitled to receive the following fees for the provision of additional ad hoc services: (i) £750 for chairing a Professional Review Committee; (ii) £500 for each annual medical appraisal undertaken for a doctor designating to Spire for the purposes of revalidation; and (iii) £200 per hour for the preparation of an independent report (up to a maximum of £500 per report) upon request by the Medical Director or Chief Medical Officer.