NHS aims to collect data on private hospitals

Responses are being assessed following a consultation recommending NHS England should collect and process information on private hospital healthcare activity.

If plans progress, then NHS-funded and private data would be available in one place for the first time. It is argued this would give a more comprehensive insight into the quality of treatment and care across both sectors.

The consultation came after an inquiry, following the conviction of breast cancer surgeon Ian Paterson for performing harmful and unnecessary surgery on patients in the NHS and privately, recommended bringing data on all consultant activity together in the same place.