Date lodged: 1 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many private patients are receiving NHS treatment; how many (a) beds and (b) wards have been ring-fenced or reserved for their use, and what analysis it has carried out of the impact of this on NHS patients.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 29 January 2019
The numbers of private patients who received NHS treatment in 2017-18 in Scotland was just over 2,000. I have been clear with boards that they should only deal with private patients in circumstances where life is at risk, on that basis, I can confirm that NHS Boards do not ring fence beds for private patients use.
I have also asked officials to undertake a review of the guidance to ensure that there is no disadvantage whatsoever to NHS patients waiting for treatment.