Armed Forces: Health Services

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 29 November 2023.

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Photo of Sarah Atherton Sarah Atherton Conservative, Wrexham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of service personnel have received (a) trauma treatment and (b) orthopedic from a private healthcare provider via the NHS fast-track pathway as of 24 November 2023.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Further to the answer I gave on 16 November 2023 to Question 1407 to the hon. Member for Wrexham (Ms Atherton), the number of regular service personnel in England who have received intervention under the Fast Track Surgery Contract, which is currently provided by SPIRE Healthcare, is set out by financial year in the table below:

Financial Year(FY)

Orthopedic and Spinal Patients

Imaging Referrals

FY2020-21

203

2,670

FY2021-22

299

3,341

FY2022-23

472

3,376

FY2023-24 (prediction)

540

3,230

The figures provided include the predicted requirement for the current financial year, should referral criteria and surgical intervention types remain unchanged.

The Department does not hold data on the proportion of service personnel who have received treatment under the Fast Track Surgery Contract.

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