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Our analysis of England’s NHS trust private patient earnings by region continues with a look at progress in the northern Home Counties. Philip Housden reports.

Figure 1. Blue bars show private patient revenues. Red line shows private patient revenues as percentage of total trust revenue

This month, we continue our second annual round of reviewing the NHS PPU sector across all regions of England with a focus on the eight NHS trusts delivering acute care services to the northern home counties of Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Figures from the published 2017-18 annual accounts for this group of trusts, published in autumn 2018, shows that total private patient revenues fell by £1.45m (6.9%) to £19.7m (Figure 1).  

This represents 0.66% – down from 0.77% – of these trusts’ total revenues. The combined national average outside of London is 0.5%.