The Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) – an independent organisation with a government mandate to make private healthcare more transparent – has released new data, for the first time, about serious injuries sustained by private patients in the U.K. The new data release is part of its role to support people considering private healthcare with information about safety, quality and costs.
The statistics show there were 22 instances where patients sustained serious injuries while receiving private treatment across the UK during the 12-months up to the end of September 2021. A total of 734,000 people across the UK received private healthcare treatment in this time.
These injuries relate to the most serious incidents which are reportable, by law, to health regulators such as the Care Quality Commission. These are defined as permanent injuries to a patients’ bodily, sensory, motor, physiologic or intellectual functions, and may 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: https://www.phin.org.uk/