If anything, the new treatment centre should help reduce costs for local health services, says Alison Hughes, York Hospital's director of strategic planning.
Last year, she
points out, because of the lack of local beds, many York patients had to be referred for treatment either to Bingley or Goole, or to the private Nuffield hospital
in the city.
At the moment, points out Alison Hughes
, there is no backlog of patients at the centre and so those coming here will have short waits.
...Ultimately, with the pledge on giving patients greater choice, the NHS could become more like a market, Alison Hughes of York Hospital says.
Hospitals and treatment centres may end up competing for patients - each trying to offer better facilities and shorter waiting times.
Theoretically, that could lead to some unpopular or inefficient hospitals failing.In reality, Alison
says, that is unlikely to happen.