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Report is unlikely to affect pay of physios in private hospitals

5 September 2013 - 1:33pm

A report from the Competition Commission has found that private hospital patients are paying excessive fees for their treatment.

But it is unlikely to affect the pay and conditions of physiotherapists working at those hospitals, the professional network for physios working in independent hospitals has said.

The report, published last month, found that a lack of local competition in some parts of the UK led to the high fees. Many hospitals are owned by just three major groups, BMI, Spire, and HCA, and the Competition Commission report suggested these groups should be forced to sell some hospitals to increase local competition.

The commission also called for more information on private hospital services and fees to be made available.

Debbie Singleton, honorary secretary of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Independent Healthcare, said pay negotiations in the private sector tended to take little account of other local competitors.‘In many areas pay in independent hospitals is worse than in the NHS, with worse terms and conditions,’ she added.

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