Independent Service Providers
Colin Burgon (Elmet, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of NHS operations were carried out by the independent sector in each of the last three financial years; and what percentage of NHS operations are expected to be carried out by the independent sector in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2009.
Andy Burnham (Minister of State (Delivery and Quality), Department of Health; Leigh, Labour)
Information is not collected centrally on the percentage of national health service operations carried out in the independent sector. Information on elective admissions is collected. The percentage of NHS elective admissions carried out by the independent sector was 1 per cent in 2003-04, 1.5 per cent in 2004-05 and 1.8 per cent in 2005-06.
NHS local delivery plans suggest this percentage could rise to 4 per cent in 2006-07. Information is not available for 2009.