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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