Following the big bru-ha-ha immediately after the withdrawal of universal healthcare for the over 70s, The government were told that any deal they made with doctors in relation to a reduction of charges for over 70s would constitute price fixing.
Doctors associations could not negotiate on behalf of doctors, who in essance were self employed.
Move forward a few months to this week and we hear that boozers are to institute a price freeze for the next twelve months.
So, why are doctors not allowed to collectively determine their prices, but publicans are? Isn’t price fixing supposed to be illegal?