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27 March 2020

Government suspends 1998 Competition Act in relation to health services

Introduced by

UK Government

Targeted at

NHS, private sector providers


Laid before parliament on 27 March 2020, came into force on 28 March

Stated aims

To allow the NHS to access maximum capacity from the private sector to help the COVID-19 response


This Order suspends the prohibition on cooperation between providers under the Competition Act 1998.


Legislation.gov.uk – Competition Act 1998 (Coronavirus) Order 2020