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NHS Concern Grows over Fast-Track Treatment Centres

Magazine article Public Finance

NHS Concern Grows over Fast-Track Treatment Centres

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Patients are 25% more likely to develop post-operative complications after being treated in one of the new privately run treatment centres than in their NHS equivalents, clinical directors claim.

A British Medical Association survey of 177 clinical directors -covering 24 out of the 28 strategic health authorities in England -monitored perceptions of the impact of the new fast-track treatment centres.

Dr Jonathan Fielden, deputy chair of the BMAs consultants' committee, said that the survey uncovered a growing concern in the NHS over the extra financial pressures readmissions from private centres were creating.

'The private centres are doing the easy bit - the profitable bit if you like - and the NHS is having to pick up the difficult stuff afterwards,' said Fielden.

Dr Paul Miller, chair of the BMA consultants' committee, added: 'It is particularly worrying to find that clinical directors report that there are significant differences between treatment centres run by the NHS and those provided by the independent sector. …

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