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Integrated Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services: Manchester

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consultation there has been on the proposed integrated clinical assessment and treatment services in Greater Manchester with Greater Manchester (a) hon. Members, (b) primary care trusts and (c) residents; (116438)

(2) whether a business case has been published for the integrated clinical assessment and treatment services proposed for Greater Manchester;

(3) where she expects the integrated clinical assessment and treatment services for Greater Manchester to be established;

(4) what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the new integrated clinical assessment and treatment services proposed for Greater Manchester on the financial viability of NHS hospital trusts in the conurbation;

(5) whether NHS hospital trusts will be allowed to compete for integrated clinical assessment and treatment services contracts in Greater Manchester.

The aim of the clinical assessment and treatment services (CATS) being procured from the independent sector in Greater Manchester is to reduce waiting times for patients and offer services closer to their homes.

It is anticipated that CATS in Greater Manchester will be provided by both national health service and independent sector providers. In addition to NHS CATS centres, it is envisaged that a total of six independent sector facilities will be located in areas well served by public transport to provide ease of access for patients. Negotiations are on-going as to their location.

There is no published business case at this stage. There has been a central review of the outline business case which will require final Department and HM Treasury approval.

NHS North West is working with local primary care trusts (PCTs) to assess and manage the impact on acute and foundation trusts in Greater Manchester. Local consultation is also a matter for PCTs and I understand that there have been on-going discussions with the overview and scrutiny committees about the development of CATS services together with a series of workshops with acute trusts in Greater Manchester.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment she has made of the financial impact on the acute and foundation trusts in Greater Manchester of the introduction of the integrated clinical assessment treatment centres; (116614)

(2) what recent assessment she has made of the potential financial impact on the acute and foundation trusts in Greater Manchester of the opting-out by any Primary Care Trust from the service provided by the integrated clinical assessment treatment centres.

The Department continues to work with the NHS North West strategic health authority (SHA), which is leading on the procurement of clinical assessment and treatment services from the independent sector. The SHA is working with local primary care trusts to assess and manage the impact on acute and foundation trusts in Greater Manchester.