The Principality has potential for growth

This month, Philip Housden reviews private patient activity for the NHS in Wales.

In Wales, the NHS is organised into eight health boards which manage all healthcare services, not only hospitals, and there is one hospital services trust: Velindre Cancer Centre. 

The published annual accounts of these nine organisations have been used in this article.

In Wales, total private patient revenues are £8.4m, up 5% from £8.0m over the past two years. This represents a steady 0.17% of the total revenues and is on a par with the lowest-performing regions in England, and well below the combined national average outside of London in 2018-19 of 0.46%. 

However, this under-represents the true level, as a like-for-like comparison is difficult because the equivalent of NHS trust revenues are not separately reported by health boards.