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To actualise this, the Fund has concluded plans to commence the training of 17,000 unemployed youths using its Industrial Skills Training Centre (ISTC) in Kano and the Centre for Excellence in Jos and undeveloped lands owned by the ITF in states for the establishment of demonstration farms.
The company said that the three ICRIs will collaborate with their own multi-university communities and other ICRIs, as well as the US-based ISTCs, strengthening Intel's global research network.
ISTCs were envisaged specifically as an instrument to encourage private sector entry into routine elective care, with the objective of reducing waiting times.
The Independent Sector Treatment Centres programme (hereafter ISTC), introduced in September 2003, was the Department of Health's first initiative to implement patient choice - through using private companies to shorten waiting times for elective surgery and diagnostic tests.
Instead, local bodies would decide if they wanted any more ISTCs in their area, he said.
The South African firm Netcare has already won the contracts for many ISTCs, as, for example, have Serco, who provide out-of-hours GP cover in Cornwall.
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Our cancer diagnosis, staging and treatment are now as good as anywhere else in the world." The PET CT service is part of the Department of Health's independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) programme.
"In a way, Government plugs into this perception that doctors are abusing the system by saying that ISTCs are going to make the waiting lists disappear, and that will do away with this exploitation of the health service," he said.
In his speech to the Annual Representatives Meeting in Belfast, Dr Miller said the NHS had got independent sector treatment centres (ISTCs), where capacity "was bought when it was not needed and operations were paid for but not done."
A few doctors told how the referral centres and some independent treatment centres (ISTCs) had not acted in the best interests of patients.
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