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Use of private sector rising in NHS

1st November 2012

Data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre has shown that the number of routine NHS operations and treatments carried out by the private sector has risen by more than 10% in a year.

Private providers treated 345,200 non-emergency NHS patients in 2011-12, up 32,900 on the previous year, and amounting to 4.3% of all routine operations. Most of the surgery was for planned operations such as cataract or knee surgery. The increase has been partly put down to more patients choosing private providers under the patient choice initiative.


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