NHS spending on non-NHS care up 15 per cent a year

The amount the NHS spends on care delivered by other bodies has risen by an average of 15 per cent a year since 1995, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Spending on care from the private, voluntary and local authority sectors increased from £1 billion in 1997 to almost £5 billion in 2006. It increased from 3 per cent of all spending to almost 7 per cent over the same period.

Much of the growth is because of increased spending on private hospitals and psychiatric facilities.

But other factors include the use of independent sector treatment centres, and community services for the elderly and those with mental health problems.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

National Statistics Online

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