Million euro fine for Dutch association of general practitioners
Days before the start of the new year, the Dutch competition authority (NMa) imposed a fine of €7.7m on the Dutch association of general practitioners (LHV). Almost every GP in the Netherlands is a member of the association. According to the NMa, the LHV had made illegal recommendations to its members relating to and restricting the establishment of new practices. The NMa also imposed personal fines of €50,000 and €25,000 on two LHV officials for their role in making the recommendations. To add insult to injury, the NMa fined the LHV for seal-breaking by a security guard during the investigation. The two LHV decisions (relating to establishment practices and the seal-breaking) are under appeal. The decision on the personal fines has not yet been published.