Neither Dickson nor Lord Darzi see fit to mention the growing share of NHS elective and urgent secondary clinical procedures which are currently being entrusted to over 150 private hospitals and other private facilities, under the Independent Sector Treatment Centres
(ISTCs) programme and its expanded version, the 'Extended Choice Network'.
"In the North East we have seen hundreds of thousands of pounds spent on private treatment centres despite the many examples of Independent Sector Treatment Centres
, which are often run by large multi-national companies, being paid up front by the NHS for operations that have not even taken place."
In the North East we have seen hundreds of thousands of pounds spent on private treatment centres despite the many examples of Independent Sector Treatment Centres
(ISTCs), which are often run by large multi national companies, being paid up-front by the NHS for operations that have not even taken place and with the result of more profits to their shareholders.
Thousands of minor operations carried out in private clinics - "independent sector treatment centres
In particular, a network of Independent Sector Treatment Centres
(ISTCs) has been established across the country to perform diagnostic tests and a range of routine procedures, such as knee and hip replacement operations and cataract operations, at a cost of over 5 billion[pounds sterling] for two 'waves'.
Independent sector treatment centres
(ISTCs) are used to cut NHS waiting lists and patients can choose to go there as part of the plan to give them greater choice.
The health union Unison blamed independent sector treatment centres
for draining billions of cash which should have gone into NHS trusts.
Dr Miller warned of a "hugely unfair playing field" between "old" NHS providers and "new" providers, such as the independent sector treatment centres
This follows the decision by the Secretary of State to give pounds 3bn to the expansion of independent sector treatment centres
Doctors have warned the use of independent sector treatment centres
could become the first step towards NHS privatisation.
Patients will be able to choose from a range of providers, commissioned by each local Primary Care Trust (PCT), including NHS trusts, foundation trusts, independent sector Treatment Centres
and private providers.
"Independent sector treatment centres
are paid up to 40 per cent more than the NHS providers.