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Canadians among finalist for running surgery centres for UK health.

LONDON -- A Canadian group has been shortlisted in a competition competing to run 11 diagnostic and treatment centres to provide fast-track hip replacement and cataract surgery for the UK's National Health Service that are to open December.

Anglo-Canadian Clinics--a consortium including: Calgary Health Region; University of Calgary Medical Group; Surgical Centres Inc; Accommodata Ltd; Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd; Yorkon Ltd; PKL, Group UK Ltd; and Torex Medical Systems Ltd is among seven companies selected to submit bids.

None of the preferred bidders is a British company. Only Consortia from the US, Canada and South Africa are on the list.

The companies will run specialist centres and mobile operating units, which are expected to treat at least 150,000 patients a year by 2005, delivering routine operations such as hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery, and hernia operations.

The tariff for operations is the same for the treatment centres as it is for the NHS. However, an additional premium will be paid over the first five years to enable the new treatment centres to offset the extra costs they incur, as a result of speedy set-up and rapid staff acquisition demanded in the interests of patients.
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Date:Sep 22, 2003
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