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ISTCs damaging the NHS

There is no evidence that independent sector treatment centres provide value for money or high-quality care, researchers have concluded.

Writing in the BMJ, researchers from the University of Edinburgh warned that continued Government funding of the programme will contribute to NHS deficits, NHS service closure and staff redundancies.

BMA consultants committee chairman Dr Jonathan Fielden said: ‘We have repeatedly raised concerns that this is £5 billion wasted on ideology rather than evidence. The Government seems to have been charmed by the private sector, but is unable to prove its effectiveness or value for money.'

‘The lack of integration and collaboration with local NHS services leads to fragmentation of care for patients, leaves the NHS picking up the pieces, and has a major impact on training future doctors – with long-term consequences for the NHS.'

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