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Some independent treatment centres have a high cancellation rate, audit finds

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7526.1164-g (Published 17 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1164
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. London

    Several independent sector treatment centres in England have high rates of cancellation of clinical procedures, a study shows, even though most are reaching their targets. One of the schemes running the centres had been the subject of a high number of complaints from patients, says the report of the audit, which was conducted by the independent National Centre for Health Outcomes Development.

    The preliminary audit of the performance of the controversial centres looked at four schemes run by five independent sector providers. These schemes had been operating for more than six months and had treated the most patients of the 20 independent sector schemes that have been set up so far. Thirty nine NHS treatment centres are in operation, and another seven are in development.

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