NHS: Private Sector

Department of Health written question – answered on 11th March 2015.

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Photo of Lord Hughes of Woodside Lord Hughes of Woodside Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was paid by NHS England to private health providers for treatments for National Health Service patients in each of the last five years; and how those figures compare to costs in (1) Scotland, (2) Wales, and (3) Northern Ireland.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Commissioner spending on private providers for NHS health care services in each of the last five years is outlined in the table below:

Year

Spend (£ million)

2009-10

4,144

2010-11

4,757

2011-12

5,320

2012-13

5,669

2013-14

6,390

For financial years 2009-10 to 2012-13, this covers spending by Primary Care Trusts. For financial year 2013-14, this covers spending by NHS England and local clinical commissioning groups, over which NHS England has financial oversight.

The Department only holds information on spending on NHS services in England, as health is a devolved matter.

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