Magazine article Public Finance

PCTs Want Refund over Private Care

Magazine article Public Finance

PCTs Want Refund over Private Care

Article excerpt

Two primary care trusts are hoping to be reimbursed by the Department of Health after paying a private company more than £200,000 for operations and consultations that did not take place.

As part of a national NHS contract with South African firm Netcare UK, patients in south Oxfordshire have been offered cataract surgery in mobile units since April.

The contract was controversial and non-executive directors resigned from the South East and South West Oxfordshire PCTs boards in 2004 in protest at being 'forced' by the department to agree the deal.

The PCTs have reviewed the patient uptake over the first six months and found only 50 of the 323 allotted pre-operative clinic appointments and 43 of the 249 surgery slots had been used.

Under Patient Choice, patients had opted for the local NHS provider, the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust, which has a good reputation and short waiting lists. Yet, under the terms of the contract, Netcare has been able to invoice the PCTs for all the scheduled activity whether it was used or not. Assuming the tariff stayed the same, on a case-by-case basis the PCTs would have paid just over £39,000 for the work. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.