Authority found in breach of Competition Act

Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A complaint made by care home operator BetterCare has been upheld by the Competition Commission Appeals Tribunal (CCAT), overturning an earlier rejection by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). Supported by the Registered Homes Confederation of Northern Ireland Limited and Bedfordshire Care Group, BetterCare had first complained to OFT that North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust was abusing its dominant market position as a purchaser of care for elderly people, in breach of the Competition Act 1998. Private care homes have long complained that local authorities are prepared to pay higher rates to council run homes. When the OFT rejected BetterCare¹s complaint, the company appealed to the CCAT, warning at the hearing that, due to the pricing strategy operated by the local authorities, it would be very difficult for them to continue in business, particularly since local authorities could offer much higher salaries to attract trained staff to work at their own residential homes. The tribunal overt

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