An investigation into potential anti-competitive practices by private nursing homes in Ireland has been launched by the consumer protection watchdog.
The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) is considering allegations that operators suggested boycotting a fair deal scheme so they could increase government fees, The Times reported.
The CCPC stated: “Competition law requires business to act independently in setting the price of the goods or services that they supply and the conditions under which they supply them.
“If the CCPC finds sufficient grounds it will proceed to open an investigation to establish whether a breach of competition law has occurred.”
The scheme, which was introduced in 2009, enables older people requiring long-term care to choose any nursing home that can meet their needs. Residents are required to pay 80% of their care costs.
Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) commented: “NHI is confident that it does not have a case to answer in this regard and that the outcome of this preliminary process will arrive at the same conclusion in due course.”