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FOI – 000054 Private surgeries and procedures (HTML)

Published on 11 April 2022

Date received – 15 March 2022 – Date responded – 11 April 2022


I am looking for information regarding the number of private surgeries and procedures carried out on behalf of each NHS Board during the last five years and from the period from 1 September 2021 to 31 December 2021 (or the most recent date available). It is my understanding that private surgeries are paid for on behalf of health boards by the National Services Scotland/Scottish Government

As such, can I request the following:

  1. A breakdown of the total activity at private hospitals on behalf of the NHS Board, including outpatient appointments and procedures. For procedures, please provide a breakdown of what these were.

  2. Please could you provide a breakdown of activity by each private hospital involved in the initiative.

  3. Please could you provide a breakdown of the activity by each health board involved in the initiative.

  4. Please could you provide the total cost of these procedures, broken down by each private health company.


Please find attached Appendix 1 that details the information you have requested.

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