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Armed Forces: Health Services

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many patients have received treatment under his Department’s contract with the Priory Group in each year of its operation; and what the cost of the contract has been in each such year. (283076)

The information requested, up until 31 March 2009, can be found in the following table.

Number of patients treated

Contract value (£ million)

1 December 2003 to 31 March 2004

58

0.4

1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005

321

4.2

1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006

351

4.5

1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007

305

3.4

1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008

289

3.9

1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009

284

3.3

These figures take into account the cost of assessing patients as well as any treatment programmes provided; the individual care needs of each patient will vary depending on their particular medical circumstances. They also include services provided by the Priory Group between 1 December 2003 and April 2004 prior to the formal contract start date.

The contract with the Priory Group has been replaced by a new one, awarded in November 2008 following open competition, with a partnership of seven NHS trusts led by South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust. This ensures coverage across the country, and complements the community-based approach we follow for our out-patients who are seen at our regional military mental health centres.