NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

Health written question – answered on 18th March 2009.

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Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision his Department has made for funding for (a) capital value projects and (b) revenue budgets associated with the first phase of independent sector treatment centres.

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

The first phase of the independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) programme was delivered and funded by the private sector. In the event that current contracts are not renewed, the Department would be required to pay any residual value in return for the buildings and equipment. This funding will be accommodated in the capital plan in the year in which the funding is required.

The Department allocates funding directly to primary care trusts (PCTs) based on the relative needs of their populations within the designated area, and in line with the change of pace in policy. A weighted capitation formula determines each PCT's target share of available resources. This enables them to commission similar levels of health services for populations in similar need, as well as reducing avoidable health inequalities. PCTs are responsible for funding activity provided by the ISTCs they sponsor, through their general funding allocation described above.

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