NHS spends over £1bn in buying care from private sector to meet demand

19 July 2018 – NHE

NHS Improvement figures have revealed that short-staffed NHS providers in England are spending over £1bn in buying care to meet growing demand.

First reported on by the BBC, NHS Improvement’s Quarter Four performance report for 2017/18 released at the end of May shows that pressures on acute services created “capacity constraints,” which led to purchases of care from other providers and an overspend by £278m, of which £173m is related to ‘non-NHS’ bodies.

The figures from NHS Improvement show over £1bn spent on the sector in each of the last two years.

Figures for earlier years are not available.

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