Monitor's investigation into the purchasing of non-emergency hospital services in the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre area of Lancashire.
Monitor opened this investigation after Spire Healthcare Limited complained that Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group and Fylde & Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group were commissioning elective care incorrectly.
The complaint alleged that the 2 clinical commissioning groups had tried to direct patients needing elective care away from Spire Fylde Coast Hospital and towards Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Monitor has considered whether there has been any breach of the National Health Service (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) (No 2) Regulations 2013.
|Initiation of investigation||10 October 2013|
|Information gathering (information requests and parties’ responses)||October – December 2013|
|Review and analysis of evidence||October – December 2013|
|Meetings with parties||October – December 2013|
|Publish an update on the progress of the case||December 2013|
|Publish final report||September 2014|