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.
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