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Burton Independent Sector Treatment Centre

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of services at Burton Independent Sector Treatment Centre has been taken up by patients (a) across the whole contract, (b) from within the North Staffordshire Primary Care Trust area, (c) from within the Stoke-on-Trent Primary Care Trust area and (d) from within the South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust area (i) in 2006-07 and (ii) at present. (194603)

[holding answer 19 March 2008]: Utilisation data for the Burton independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) contract as a whole were collected for the financial year 2006-07 in line with the Department's contractual requirements. In addition to this, for the year 2007-08, the local national health service with support of the Central Contract Monitoring Unit of the Department's Commercial Directorate decided also to collect primary care trust (PCT) based data to support intensive efforts to improve overall utilisation and PCT specific initiatives. This was part of a range of initiatives that have improved utilisation in all PCTs and therefore the contract as a whole.

Overall contract utilisation for 2006-007 and 2007-08 and PCT based data for the contract year 2007-08 are shown in the following table:


2007-08 (up to 31 January 2008)

Overall contract utilisation



North Staffordshire PCT


Stoke on Trent PCT


South Staffordshire PCT


Note: PCTs are contracted to refer an agreed value of activity to the ISTC and utilisation shows the percentage of their agreed value that has actually been used.