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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2009 Sep;91(9):1125-6. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.91B9.22869.

Further doubts over the performance of treatment centres in providing elective orthopaedic surgery.

Abstract

Recent publication of reports showing high revision rates for hip and knee replacements carried out in Independent Sector Treatment Centres (ISTCs) has raised doubts regarding their ability to provide high quality healthcare. The high revision rates also create a financial burden to the NHS. The poor quality of data collected at ISTCs makes their performance difficult to evaluate. Funds may be better spent improving existing NHS facilities rather than establishing parallel ISTCs.

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