independent sector treatment centre

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independent sector treatment centre

A general term for a privately owned treatment centre often located on the same campus as the NHS hospital it serves, which provides common elective (i.e. non-emergency) surgery and diagnostic procedures—e.g., hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery, MRIs, etc.—under contract with the NHS.
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"The trust itself has acknowledged that the launch of independent treatment centres is a factor in this current crisis ( a prime example of private sector involvement adversely affecting the NHS."
But most of Carillion's health business there would come from independent treatment centres.
However, there are mounting fears about the increasing role of private companies in the NHS to meet these promises, not least over independent treatment centres which have been accused of "cherry-picking" easy treatments and which some health trusts have reportedly been forced to buy procedures from.
Gideon Ben-Tovim, chair of Liverpool PCT, said: Chris joined us five years ago and among his many roles and responsibilities he has managed the finances and external relationships in respect of a number of highly complex areas which include North West Specialist Commissioning, Independent Treatment Centres, Private Providers and Patient Choice.
HOSPITAL departments will struggle to survive the onward march towards relying on independent treatment centres, a doctor has warned.
Plans for a second wave of independent treatment centres to carry out NHS work in the North-East are moving forward.
She told the audience of NHS managers in Birmingham the money will pay for the second wave of independent treatment centres, which carry out non-urgent, elective surgery such as hip and knee replacements, and more private operations to help create a patient-led NHS.
Private specialist independent treatment centres delivering routine procedures like cataract operations are being paid more than their NHS equivalents, and that is quite apart from the damage they are doing to surgical training and the ability of the NHS to deal with the difficult cases.
Now Health Select Committee chairman Kevin Barron has agreed to hold an inquiry into independent treatment centres.
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