Letters Quality of care in ISTCs

Independent sector treatment centres are a busted flush

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7696 (Published 29 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7696
  1. Malcolm John Dickson, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist1,
  2. Nicola R K Anders, consultant anaesthetist2
  1. 1Rochdale Infirmary, Rochdale, Lancashire OL12 0NB, UK
  2. 2Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester M13 9WL, UK
  1. mjdickson{at}btinternet.com

We always suspected that independent sector treatment centres (ISTCs) would show better surgical outcomes than traditional NHS surgical providers because ISTCs treat just a small repertoire of cases.1 2 In ISTCs surgeons and anaesthetists easily find their patients preoperatively, rather than …

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