» Thursday, February 16, 2006

ISTC Meeting

The Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) advised journalists that the Prime Minister and Patricia Hewitt had met with NHS Independent Sector Treatment (ISTC) Providers this morning. The purpose of the meeting had been to highlight the Providers’ role in improving healthcare, slashing waiting lists, increasing diversity and choice for patients, and sharing and spreading knowledge from the private to the public sector. Waiting lists were currently at their lowest level since records had begun, not least because the Independent Sector Providers had provided around a quarter of a million operations and scans for NHS patients. NHS Treatment Centres had also provided around another quarter of a million treatments to date. The PMOS reminded journalists that many had doubted that the programme would succeed when it had been launched, predicting that "it was the end of the NHS as we know it". Today’s meeting was about showing that ISTC Providers were a vital part of the NHS.

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  1. It would help if England was allowed equal funding to Scotland and Wales, wouldn’t it? In the meantime, English people are condemned to pay for drugs for their neighbours, that they themselves are denied – Institutionalised manslaughter!

    Comment by Della Petch — 16 Feb 2006 on 5:29 pm | Link
  2. It’s a sick joke. You can have two cancer patients in an English hospital in neighbouring beds. The English patient will have paid for life saving drugs given to the Scottish patient in the next bed that the English patient can’t have. This is the price of Britain and New Labour – as long as Scotland and Wales are happy, screw England.

    Comment by Stuart Parr — 16 Feb 2006 on 8:52 pm | Link

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