Baddow Hospital’s CMA Compliance

Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) Compliance – 6/6/18

In October 2014 the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published the Private Healthcare Market Investigation Order following its investigation into the private healthcare industry. Private hospital operators, such as Baddow Hospital must follow certain processes and publish certain information in relation to the clinicians who work at our hospitals. The Order requires private hospital operators to:

  • charge referring clinicians for their use of consulting rooms and other services at our hospitals, and to publish information on those charges
  • publish details of lower-value (routine) amenities and facilities made available to clinicians
  • publish details of specific corporate hospitality events offered to clinicians
  • publish details of any joint ownership with clinicians of facilities or equipment
  • publish details where any referring clinician also holds a part-time position in our hospitals.

Baddow Hospital provides the following services to Consultants and/or Referring Clinicians:

Low-value services

Basic workplace amenities

  • Including tea and coffee
  • Light refreshments
  • Stationery
  • Mail and post-room
  • Basic administrative service to facilitate the processing of patients admissions
  • Free parking on a first come basis

Higher-value services

Consulting Room Fees Per Hour
Consulting room rental for private patients (insured and self-pay) Monday – Friday £20.00 / hour
Consulting room rental for private patients (insured and self-pay) Weekends £20.00 / hour

 

Medical Secretary Fees Per Hour
Baddow Hospital staff providing service £4 / letter if required
Baddow Hospital providing admin service i.e.: phone calls, booking clinics £15 / hour if required

General corporate hospitality

  • Providing of dinner at committee meeting
  • Christmas gift for active consultants, typically a magnum of wine with a monetary value of £20-£30

Marketing and promotional services

  • General marketing of consultants, including through content on the hospital website, and through consultant directories and general promotional events (such as open evening, educational events and general advertising, relating to this hospital.

Clinical advisory services

Dr Louise Teare, Consultant Clinical Microbiologist

  • A contract is in place for Clinical and Infection Prevention Control for a fee of £1500 per quarter.

Joint ownership with clinicians of Baddow Hospital

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.

Mr Robarts – Consultant Gynaecologist 5%

Mr Thilagarajah – Consultant Urologist 9.37%

Note: Mr Thilagarajah does not hold practising privileges at Baddow Hospital and accordingly does not treat or refer patients to Baddow Hospital. Accordingly under the CMA guidelines his shareholding in excess of 5% is acceptable under the CMA guidelines.

Facilities or equipment owned or joint owned by clinicians at Baddow Hospital

There is no equipment owned or co-owned by consultants that is used at BH.

Modern Slavery Act statement

Baddow Hospital is an independent provider of private healthcare with one hospital based in Essex that delivers high standards of care to our insured, Self-pay and NHS patients with integrity and compassion within high-quality facilities. Due to its annual turnover Baddow Hospital does not qualify within the government’s legislation to supply statements for modern slavery, however we expect our people and our suppliers to share our commitment to ensuring modern slavery and human trafficking do not exist in our business or supply chains.

All staff at Baddow Hospital, in clinical or non-clinical roles, has a responsibility to consider issues regarding modern slavery, and to incorporate their understanding of these issues into their day-to-day activities.

Front line staff are well placed to be able to identify and report any concerns they may have about individual patients who present for treatment and modern slavery is part of the safeguarding agenda for the hospital.

We are also contacting our suppliers in all other areas of activity and will request confirmation from them that they are compliant with the Act.