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Ireland: Doctors union defies antitrust orders, rejects price-fixing allegations

 |  July 16, 2013

A doctors union in Ireland is facing possible legal action after defying orders from the Competition Authority to remove a press release on its website that warns some of its general practitioners are planning to withdraw from the union’s healthcare services for patients. Reports say the Irish Medical Organisation failed to meet the regulator’s deadline of noontime on Monday to remove the press release; further, a spokesperson for the IMO sent a letter to the Authority denying any allegations of attempting to fix fee prices, directly or indirectly. The union said it is within its rights to withdraw services as many of the practitioners performed the work pro bono and were not contractually obligated to perform the services. The Authority is expected to issue a statement regarding the issue in the near future.

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