Irish nursing homes face anti-competitive conduct probe

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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.

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“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.”

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