Why now?

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The announcement by the Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, that he had asked the Competition and Markets Authority to advise on the pricing of PCR testing poses a few questions which the public might like to understand.

Grant Shapps in April said that prices were high and wanted them reduced?

The first is why, given so much criticism of the cost of these tests, it took so long for the ministry, Javid (he has been in office for little more than six weeks so perhaps he needed to understand the brief first) and his predecessor, Matt Hancock, to refer testing to the CMA.

Almost four months ago to the day, Grant Shapps, said that PCR tests were too high yet only Randox reduced prices then. had some action been taken then, there might have cheaper tests for this summer. As it is…

The second is why the CMA didn’t decide on its own bat to look at the cost since there has been criticism of the pricing stretching back many months from the travel trade and MP’s.

The third is why now?

What has suddenly caused the referral when there is no hope that any guidance or a decision can be in place quickly despite Javid’s call for an “immediate” response? Is Javid’s response just a political one meaning it shows he has an interest in assisting the consumer whilst knowing that the CMA will take some time to assess the subject by which time the peak holiday system will be over and there will be less coverage of PCR testing?

To each of these questions we shall probably not get a true answer, just what we are told.

What Javid has requested the CMA to do isn’t implicitly clear since it hasn’t been posted on neither the government’s or the CMA’s websites but media reports seem to be in harmony that he wants to look at any exploitative practices.

Sajid Javid has now asked the CMA to look at PCR pricing

It doesn’t a cynic to know that when any situation arises there won’t be companies which will try to exploit the system.

But that there are over 400 companies which will perform the tests suggests that there is competition. Or is it that one company follows another in setting a pricing structure and that prices are broadly about the same save for a few exceptions?

Maybe it would be more useful for the government to cap the prices and save the expensive of an investigation that might be largely hot air rather?

But then readers will now, I am a cynic!  

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