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Surgery: Private Sector

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many private operations were carried out in NHS premises in 2007. (182655)

We do not have exact figures on private operations but we do collect information on finished consultant episodes (FCEs). FCEs are different from operations because they also include other interventions such as high-cost drug treatments, diagnostic imaging, testing and rehabilitation. The latest figure is shown in the following table.

Private FCEs carried out in national health service premises

Number

2006-07

89,328

Notes: 1. An FCE is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. 2. Data excludes a small proportion of invalid data. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics, The Information Centre for health and social care.