Netcare challenges KPMG’s role in private healthcare inquiry

2014-01-06 12:49

The Netcare Group is challenging the Competition Commission’s use of auditing company KPMG for information that will be used in the market inquiry into private healthcare.

Business Day reported that the inquiry was scheduled to have started today.

The newspaper said Netcare had accused KPMG of having a conflict of interest, having also done consultancy and strategic work for them since 2011, including work they would have submitted for the inquiry.

Netcare had filed an application for an interdict in the high court in Johannesburg calling for KPMG to be prevented from working for the commission until the matter was resolved.

Netcare also asked the court to clarify the extent of the exchange of information between the team that worked for it and the one that had worked for the commission.

Deputy commissioner Trudi Makhaya confirmed the interdict application to the paper, but said she could not comment on what effect the court case could have on the commission.

The commission will probe the private healthcare sector holistically to determine the factors restricting, preventing or distorting competition and underlying increases in private healthcare prices and spending in the country.

It was scheduled to run until November 2015.

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