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Full steam ahead for PPUs

Locomotive – Hanging on

So do NHS private patient units (PPUs) have a future given the increasing pressures on day to day core services?

In the first of two articles, Philip Housden argues they have never been more relevant to the health service than now – and 2018 is a great time for the health service to invest in them.

The NHS PPU sector is characterised by having a few big players – essentially in London – and many individual and local smaller providers.

This market feature means that, particularly for the area outside the capital, the PPU sector is rarely considered as a whole and for what it is: a billion-pound-a-year opportunity.

So what could and should be done by trusts, the NHS at large and individual consultants?

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