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Competition Commission report into Bath private healthcare

A lack of recognition from insurance providers hindered a private hospital in Bath which opened three years ago, a Competition Commission report found.

Circle opened a facility at Peasdown St John as a competitor to BMI, which has an established private hospital in the city.

A complaint from Circle prompted the Competition Commission report.

It found the main barrier for Circle was due to Axa not using the hospital.

The commission said Axa favoured its "broader national relationship" with BMI.

Initially, another provider, Aviva, did not list Circle as a key facility but it was later added to this list.

The report added that there was "quite significant" NHS business available in the city.

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