The Labour Party has again tabled its bill to amend the Competition Act. it is to be discussed in private members time next Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th. The way things go it is likely that the Government will vote this down. This is not because they don’t agree with it but just because somebody else is doing it. It might be a bit better if they concentrated on running the country properly and not just saving face.
I intend to be there myself on Wednesday evening. This is important not just for pharmacy but for all the other professions. The Competition Act was designed to stop monopoly suppliers abusing a dominant market position. It is now being used by dominant purchasers to abuse their position by refusing to negotiate on the basis that it might be anti-competitive.