NHS: Private Sector

Health written question – answered on 6th October 2008.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann PPS (Rt Hon Tessa Jowell, Minister of State), Cabinet Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which are the largest 10 private sector providers contracted for direct health care in the NHS in terms of (a) turnover and (b) patient throughput.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

Primary care trusts are responsible for commissioning the majority of direct health care provision in the NHS. The detail of their contracts is not held centrally.

The largest 10 independent sector providers, by value, of services under the nationally procured independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) programme and the extended choice network (ECN) in 2007-08 are listed in the following table.

The turnover for providers cannot be released at this time for reasons of commercial sensitivity but the Department is working with providers with the intention of releasing as much information as possible in the future. By the end of November this year, contract details relating to the Phase 2 ISTC contracts will be published on the Department's website in line with the Wave 1 information that is already available there.

The largest 10 independent sector providers, by value, of services under the nationally procured ISTC programme and the ECN in 2007-08

£ rank Independent sector provider Patient throughput
1 Care UK 170,864
2 Ramsay Health Care UK 19,828
3 Interhealth Care Services 7,831
4 UK Specialist Hospitals 9,782
5 Nations Healthcare 35,498
6 Netcare UK 7,882
7 Spire Healthcare 33,507
8 Alliance Medical 80,368
9 Nuffield Hospitals 1,988
10 The Horder Centre 486

Patient throughput includes procedures, diagnostic assessments and episodes of primary care but not out-patient assessment appointments for elective procedures through ISTCs and the IS ECN.

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Jason Kitcat
Posted on 16 Dec 2008 11:28 pm (Report this annotation)

Very helpful information, Care UK continue their growth in Brighton & Hove in spite of the problems found by the Healthcare Commission at the local ISTC they run. They are preferred bidders for a new health centre in the city.