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Health Services: Private Sector

Question for Department of Health

UIN 65142, tabled on 22 February 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of patients currently receiving NHS treatment delivered by private sector providers.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

1 March 2017

Data on the number of National Health Service patients receiving treatment from the private sector in England is not available. NHS Commissioner spending on private providers over the last 10 years is set out in the attached table.

A figure for the percentage of patients currently receiving NHS treatment delivered by private providers is not available. However, during 2015/16 3.4% of finished admission episodes and 6.1% of outpatient attendances were delivered by a non-NHS provider. This will include a range of non-NHS providers, not just private providers, including the voluntary sector, social enterprises and local authorities.

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