Private Healthcare Information Network publishes data on number of procedures treated and average length of patient stay
A total of 5,000 consultants, responsible for an estimated 50% of admitted private healthcare in the UK, have been working with Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) and hospitals to check and publish data regarding their private practice.
PHIN has confirmed that more than 1,000 consultants have completed the transparency process, following a market investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority which required more information on the performance of private hospitals and consultants to be made public.
According to PHIN, there is now more validated information available about individual consultants in the public domain than ever before for people considering private healthcare.
The measures published by PHIN are the number of patients that each consultant treats by procedure and average stay length - these are the first of 11 measures that PHIN is required to publish under the mandate of the Competition & Markets Authority.
In 2019, PHIN will begin publishing information of the fees that consultants charge for common procedures in their practice.
"Over the past few years there has been a noticeable, positive shift from the medical profession towards embracing transparency. We would like to thank those consultants who are at the forefront of this transformation. We have had excellent support and input from the leaders of various specialty associations, and in many cases those professional leaders are among the first consultants who have approved their data for publication. We hope that this will provide strong encouragement for other senior doctors to also review and approve their data, working with the hospitals at which they practice to improve the quality of data where necessary."
The process is the largest data validating exercise directly involving consultants across the UK and follows recent calls for greater transparency, data quality and improved patient safety in private healthcare from Royal College of Surgeons (RCS).
"We welcome the news coming from PHIN today as an important step for ensuring greater transparency about the activity consultants are undertaking in their private practice," said Professor Derek Alderson, president of the RCS. "That over 1,000 consultants have volunteered to publish information about the care they provide shows the commitment the profession has to improving patient safety and reducing risk. We encourage all our members to follow this lead and engage with PHIN."
Orthopaedic surgeons make up the largest number of consultants featured on the PHIN website (30%), followed by general surgeons and ophthalmologists as the next most prevalent.
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