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Independent Sector Treatment Centres

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local stakeholders are required to be consulted on the need for each elective independent sector treatment centre; and what the timetable is for the update of her Department’s analysis and reconfirmation of support by the local strategic health authority before the final business case approval and contract signature of each centre, as referred to in paragraph 66 of the Government response to the Health Committee’s report on independent sector treatment centres, Cm 6930. (108176)

The Department maintains an ongoing dialogue with relevant stakeholders across the phase two independent sector treatment centre programme. On each of the electives scheme there is engagement with the relevant strategic health authority. In turn the SHA will ensure the engagement of key stakeholders including local national health service organisations. SHAs are engaged at various times throughout the procurement process, for example, at preferred bidder stage and at the completion of commercial negotiations, to confirm local support and commitment.

Each scheme has an indicative timetable for reaching the selection of preferred bidder, the close of commercial negotiations, the signature of the contract and the commencement of service delivery. Those dates are necessarily indicative only and are constantly reviewed in light of changing circumstances.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what risk assessment she has carried out of the financial effect on the local health economy of the proposed independent sector treatment centre in Southampton; and if she will place a copy of the assessment in the Library. (108178)

This is a matter for the local national health service in Southampton. The financial impact on the local health economy of the proposed independent sector treatment centre has been considered by local primary care trusts as part of their local delivery planning process.

The provision of non-complex elective services at the Southampton ISTC is an integral component of the greater Southampton health plan which was developed and agreed by all local NHS organisations in south-west Hampshire with the involvement of key stakeholders.

This increased ISTC provision allows, for example, for the renewal and expansion of tertiary and specialist services, including critical care, at the Southampton universities hospital NHS trust in line with the trust’s strategy “2020 Vision”.