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Increase in NHS spending on independent services

NHS spending on services provided by the private or voluntary sector increased by more than 10% last year

Ingrid Torjesen

Monday, 04 March 2013

The amount of money the NHS spent on services provided by the private or voluntary sector increased by more than 10% last year, according to data published by Laing & Buisson today.

In their penultimate operational year PCTs across England increased their spend on services commissioned from independent healthcare providers by 10.7%, according to the 2013 edition of Laing & Buisson NHS Financial Information dataset.

The dataset shows that total NHS spending on healthcare services supplied by the independent sector in England (covering private companies and voluntary organisations) was estimated at £5.9bn in 2011/2012 - some 6.5% of the £90.7bn total healthcare spending by PCTs in England during the period.

Driving this increase was strong growth of over a third in independent community health services and a boost in general and acute health service spending, which rose by nearly a fifth to £1.6bn. Meanwhile spending on primary care services fell by more than a quarter.

On the other hand, total income from private patients grew at a faster rate than inflation, rising to £471m for 2011/12.

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