United front needed

We continue our regional round-up of PPU progress with a review by Philip Housden of the 15 NHS West Midlands acute trusts across the counties of Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and the cities of the West Midlands conurbation.

This review is based on the information published in the Trust Annual Accounts for 2019-20, which was partially adversely impacted by the early months of the Covid pandemic.

For this group of trusts, the accounts show that total private patient revenues for the region fell by 3.1% in 2019-20, a drop of £639,000 to a total of £19.7m (see Figure 1 above).  

This now represents 0.30% of these trusts’ total revenues, a slight drop from 0.34% the year before. This is below the combined national average outside of London of 0.43% (see bar chart Figure 2).