The Competition Commission has issued a statement that due
to budget constraints the final report of the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) into
the private sector will be delayed again while the three seminars scheduled for
later this month have also been cancelled.

According to the Commission, it has taken the decision to
suspend the work of the HMI Panel and all external consultants until the end of
the 2018/2019 financial year on 31 March after which they will resume their
work.  Last year, the publication of the
final report was postponed from the end of November to 29 March with the HMI
then saying the delay was aimed at gathering more information from stakeholders
on their submissions on the Provisional Report published in July last year. The
revised deadline for the publication of the Final Report will be published in
the Government Gazette.

The three seminars relating to the HMI’s provisional report’s
findings and recommendations on excessive utilisation and supplier-induced
demand, the funders market concentration and the concentration of the hospital
market scheduled for 19, 20 and 22 February have now also been cancelled until
further notice.