Hospital Corporation of America

Health written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) when his Department signed a contract for the provision of gamma knife services with the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) at St Bartholomew's Hospital; who authorised the signing of the contract; and how many patients HCA are contracted to treat each year;

(2) how many service provision contracts (a) NHS England and (b) his Department prior to 1 April 2013 had with the Hospital Corporation of America; at which hospitals; and what services the contracts covered.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Information concerning existing contracts to provide gamma knife stereotactic radiosurgery has been provided by NHS England. NHS England commissions the gamma knife service from Barts and the London NHS Trust through a sub-contract with Health Corporation of America (HCA) at the Harley Street Clinic. It is a cost and volume contract. The contract was signed in 2003 and as a sub-contract was approved by Barts and the London NHS Trust.

The Department does not hold any contracts with the Hospital Corporation of America and its United Kingdom subsidiary for the period up to and including 1 April 2013. NHS England did not exist prior to 1 April 2013.

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