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Latest Data Shows Private Healthcare in UK Shows Strong Recovery at End of 2020

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The latest data from the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) on private activity in the UK shows a strong recovery at the end of 2020 following a year dominated by Covid-19, with admissions in December only 5% lower than December 2019.  This followed a relatively steady November, when England went into a national lockdown.

While there was a slight drop in activity in November, there were still over 60,000 private admissions. This was 10% lower than the number of admissions in November 2019. 

The year ended relatively strongly, with activity back to only 5% lower in December 2020 compared with December 2019. While there was a fall in overall activity in December, this follows the trends set in 2018 and 2019, with elective treatment generally stopping over Christmas and new year. 

Looking at specialty split shows few significant changes in market share during the England lockdown in November. Trauma and orthopaedics (12%), general surgery (8%), and medical oncology (5%) maintaining the relative market share during this period. 

In December there was a shift with Medical Oncology growing from 5% in October and November, to 8% in December. This follows a familiar pattern where elective care tails off over Christmas while cancer care continues.  

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