Healthcare Commission to review independent treatment centresBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7549.1050-c (Published 04 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1050
- Adrian O'Dowd
The standard of care in independent sector treatment centres (ISTCs) is to be investigated by the NHS's watchdog, the Healthcare Commission, MPs have been told. The health secretary Patricia Hewitt, giving evidence to the health select committee last week in its inquiry into these centres, announced that she had asked the commission to review them.
The ISTCs, of which there are 20 in England and more planned, first opened in 2003 under an agreement between the NHS and the private sector to carry out specific procedures to help with the NHS's waiting lists and …