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Health Watchdog Says Judging ISTC Care Is Hampered by Gaps in Data

Magazine article Public Finance

Health Watchdog Says Judging ISTC Care Is Hampered by Gaps in Data

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Patients attending independent sector treatment centres are safe, but it is impossible to say how their care compares with the NHS as the centres systematically fail to provide the relevant data, the health watchdog has said.

The Healthcare Commission's July 19 report into the Department of Health's ISTC programme follows concerns from MPs and clinicians that the quality of care in the fast-track centres is substandard.

Anna Walker, chief executive at the commission, said: 'We can provide assurance on the quality of care. The problem we have had has been in collecting statistical information. When the DoH contracted for the ISTCs they asked [them] to produce a lot of information... The difficulty was that much ofthat information is not at the patient level... and cannot be compared with the NHS.'

The first wave of 23 ISTCs have been in operation for four years and were contractually obliged to report 'key performance indicators' to the DoH as well as routine NHS statistics. …

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