Number of specialists working privately edges back up

New figures for the second quarter of 2022 show the month of May equalled the joint highest number of active consultants in private healthcare since the pandemic took hold. 

According to data compiled by the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN), this is a peak reached only twice before, in June and November 2021. 

But the May 2022 total was still 600 below the same month in 2019.


PHIN also reported that compared to the same quarter in 2019, there was an increase in the number of active consultants for each of the top ten specialties in the latest quarter. 

‘This was most pronounced for general medicine (up 137%) and general surgery (up 63%). Trauma and orthopaedics had the highest volume of consultants of the top ten specialties, and it had the lowest growth rate (29%),’ it said