Friday, 25 February 2011

Taxpayers paid £50m a year for non-existent operations

Taxpayers have been paying private medical clinics more than £50 million a year for operations that were never carried out.

Under controversial minimum payment contracts, 25 independent sector treatment centres (ISTCs) across England were paid a set amount, regardless of how many operations they actually carried out.

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that just two centres, Barlborough, near Chesterfield and Derbyshire and Eccleshill, near Bradford, West Yorkshire, were paid £21 million more than the value of the operations they performed, in the five years to April 2010.

My comment: Did they use the MOD procurement model? :) 

Read the full story from the source The Telegraph

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