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NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent establishing independent sector treatment centres. (154560)

The costs of establishing Wave 1 and Phase 2 of the independent sector treatment centre programme are shown in the following table. Procurement costs cover all assessment, scoping, procurement and associated management, professional advisory and support costs.

Wave 1 and phase 2 procurement costs

£ million

Wave 1

Phase 2

2006-07

2.2

38.6

2005-06

12.4

26.5

2004-05

34.9

8

2003-04

23.4

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library the analysis his Department has undertaken into the possible effects of the independent sector treatment centre programme on NHS facilities. (155865)

The Department has undertaken analysis of the prospective impact of proposed Phase 2 schemes, but considers that it is not reasonable to place this information in the Library at this time, because the analyses concerned are still contributing to procurement processes, the outcomes of which remain subject to ministerial decisions which have yet to be made.