Covid’s impact in figures

By Edie Bourne

Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) data on private activity in the UK confirms experiences of those private practitioners who saw a slow start to 2021. 

Figure 1: Estimated count of private admissions (discharges) 2019-2021

It said the number of people receiving privately funded acute treatment remained ‘fairly consistent’ from December 2020, with 44,000 episodes of care in January compared with 49,000 in Dec­ember. February saw an increase in activity to 47,000 (Figure 1).

But January was down almost a third (32%) when compared to January 2020. February 2021 was 23% lower than the same month last year before the pandemic took hold in the UK (Figure 2).

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