The Competition Appeal Tribunal has dismissed the application by the Federation of Independent Practitioner Organisations (FIPO) for review of parts of the final report of the CMA on the private healthcare market investigation. The majority of the Tribunal upheld the CMA's finding that there was no adverse effect on competition resulting from private medical insurers' buyer power in relation to consultants and the restrictions placed on consultants' fees.  However, unusually, one member of the Tribunal issued a dissenting judgment, which concluded that the CMA had acted irrationally in not finding an adverse effect on competition and in finding that the consultants were able to compete below the price caps imposed by the insurers. Click here