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Patient Services (Collaboration)

Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 3 July 1990

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63.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of collaboration between the national health service and the private sector on services to patients.

The independent health sector performs some 510,000 operations and treats 900,000 out-patients each year. It also provides 68,000 nursing home beds, mainly for long-stay elderly patients. This represents a significant additional input to national health care.The Government's White Paper "Working for Patients" encourages increased collaboration with the independent sector. It is frequently mutually beneficial to share expensive resources, and there are numerous examples of NHS and independent units collaborating in the use of buildings, high-technology equipment, support services and key manpower. Such joint ventures increase the options available to NHS managers as well as to patients, and release or generate resources in the NHS for further improvement in health services for all. The independent sector also makes a useful contribution in helping to reduce waiting times.

107.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what examples there are of partnerships between the national health service and the private sector currently operating.

A number of successful and cost-effective joint ventures are operating between the health service and independent sector which release NHS resources for further improvement to health services for all. Some examples are shown in the table.

Health AuthorityProviderNature of service
Central ManchesterNuffield HospitalsEye surgery
CoventryBioplanDay surgery and Endoscopy
National Hospital for Nervous Diseases Special Health AuthorityBUPAMagnetic Resonance Imaging Scanner
West LambethChurchill ClinicENT surgery
West Midlands RegionAMI Priory Hospital BirminghamLithotripsy

91.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on collaboration between the national health service and the private sector.

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply my hon. Friend the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State gave my hon. Friend the Member for Thurrock (Mr. Janman) on 1 May at column 517.