The Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) today published the first publicly available information on the number of serious injuries among patients treated in the private sector.
In the 12 months to September 2021, there were 22 instances where patients sustained serious injuries while receiving private treatment across the UK. A total of 734,000 people received private healthcare treatment in this time.
These injuries relate to the most serious incidents and are defined as permanent injuries to a patients’ bodily, sensory, motor, physiologic or intellectual functions. They include injuries such as permanent damage to vision or nerves, removal of the wrong limb or organ, or brain damage.
Patients can now search for this information on PHIN’s website, alongside support and guides to help patients decide which provider is best for their care.
PHIN chief executive Matt James said: ‘The availability of good data is vital to learning and improvement, and this publication represents another step toward real transparency on safety and outcomes. It is too early to draw any meaningful conclusions from comparisons between providers or with the NHS.
‘We applaud those hospitals that have provided complete data, and encourage those who have not to do so. As a patient, I would insist on being treated in a hospital that reports openly on its care and can show how data is used to improve safety and quality. It is easy to find those hospitals on PHIN’s website.’