The Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry (HMI), which has been suspended due to budget constraints, has assured stakeholders that it is committed to finishing its work. Its final report is keenly awaited by the government and the private sector, as it is expected to contain recommendations that will guide future health reforms. The HMI was established in 2013 to probe the constraints to competition in the private healthcare industry and determine the barriers to patient access. It began work in January 2014, with a two-year deadline for publishing its final report. However, it has been repeatedly delayed, thanks to legal challenges and difficulties in obtaining data from stakeholders. It published its interim findings last July and was due to publish its final report by the end of March, but that deadline will not be met. The work of the inquiry was suspended in mid-January for the remainder of the financial year, after the commission ran short of funds. The commission sai...

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