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Treatment Costs

Volume 447: debated on Monday 19 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost to the NHS of comparable procedures undertaken in (a) NHS hospitals and (b) independent sector treatment centres. (72762)

Value for money of the independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) procurement has been ensured by running a robust and competitive procurement process, and by benchmarking procedure prices between contracts and comparing them to the national health service equivalent cost and the prices paid by the NHS to the independent sector under spot purchase arrangements.

Across the full period of the wave 1 ISTC contracts, the average percentage cost compares favourably with the historical cost to the NHS of spot purchasing from the independent sector.