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Treatment Centres

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is issued to primary care trusts on conducting value for money assessments of their contracts with companies running independent sector treatment centres. (277333)

Value for Money tests were conducted during the procurement of all Wave One and Phase Two Independent Sector Treatment Centre (ISTC) contracts.

Robust contract management also takes place throughout the life of an ISTC contract. All ISTC providers have a contractual obligation to provide key performance indicator information to both the Department and the local national health service. This information is monitored to ensure that contracts are effectively delivered.

The Department has not issued guidance to primary care trusts in England on conducting value for money assessments of their contracts with companies running ISTC.