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Surgery: Private Sector

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many surgical procedures have been carried out in non-NHS hospitals per annum at a cost to the public purse since 2000; and of these, how many resulted in episodes of (a) MRSA, (b) Clostridium difficile and (c) norovirus. (198622)

The Finance, Performance and Operations (FPO) Directorate collects data on the independent sector (IS) programme and the IS extended choice network (IS ECN). We are unable to comment on other non-NHS hospitals.

Since the first IS treatment centres opened in 2003 a total of 250,345 elective procedures have been carried out through Wave 1 and Phase 2. In addition to this, 8,086 elective procedures have been carried out in the IS ECN programme to date, which started in January 2007.

For Wave 1, the FPO does not collect infection data through key performance indicators (KPIs).

Since August 2007 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) rates for Phase 2 have been collected through three KPIs for MRSA (within 48 hours), MRSA (after 48 hours) and MRSA (repeat cultures). From August 2007 to February 2008 a rate of 0 per cent. for all MRSA KPIs is recorded.