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We reported last month that analysis of NHS trusts’ 2016-17 annual accounts reveal that total private patient incomes rose by 4.6% to reach another new record of £594m.  

But this headline figure masks significant differences across the UK. Philip Housden’s series examines private patient services across England, by region, starting with London.

Figure 1 PPUThe 22 acute trusts in greater London when analysed by private patient revenue growth and by percentage of overall trust patient incomes can be divided into four distinct groups (Figure 1 opposite):

1The big four of Royal Marsden, Great Ormond Street, Royal Brompton and Imperial, each with earnings of £40m a year or more, enjoying significant year-on-year growth and with private patients now accounting for between 12% and 31% of overall incomes and an average of £58m a year each.

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