Health Committee

12 January 2006
Session 2005-06 New Inquiry - Independent Sector Treatment Centres


12 January 2006
Session 2005-06 New Inquiry - Independent Sector Treatment Centres


12 January 2006
Session 2005-06 New Inquiry - Independent Sector Treatment Centres

In December, the Health Committee announced that it would undertake an inquiry into Independent Sector Treatment Centres (ISTCs). It has now agreed the following terms of reference:

• What is the main function of ISTCs?

• What role have ISTCs played in increasing capacity and choice, and stimulating innovation?

• What contribution have ISTCs made to the reduction of waiting times and waiting lists?

• Are ISTCs providing value for money?

• Does the operation of ISTCs have an adverse effect on NHS services in their areas?

• What arrangements are made for patient follow-up and the management of complications?

• What role have ISTCs played and should they play in training medical staff?

• Are the accreditation and appointment procedures for ISTC medical staff appropriate?

• Are ISTCs providing care of the same or higher standard as that provided by the NHS?

• What implications does commercial confidentiality have for access to information and public accountability with regard to ISTCs?

• What changes should the Government make to its policy towards ISTCs in the light of experience to date?

• What criteria should be used in evaluating the bids for the Second Wave of ISTCs?

• What factors have been and should be taken into account when deciding the location of ISTCs?

• How many ISTCs should there be?