Our September Casenote – Irish doctors fees gag lifted – examines the recent settlement between the Irish Competition Authority and the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO).  The IMO was prosecuted under Art 101(1)TFEU for allegedly operating a collective boycott in a dispute arising from the Authority’s ban on any discussion between the IMO and Minister on the remuneration of GPs under the free public health scheme. In a settlement agreement reached one week into the trial, the Competition Authority backed down. The Authority’s case is shown to be weak and lacking evidence.

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