Slowdown expected despite growth in independent sector
Revenues of independent sector mental health hospitals in the UK rose to a record £1 billion in 2008 according to Mental Health and Specialist Care Services UK Market Report 2009/10, the annual report on the sector from health care market intelligence specialists Laing & Buisson.
Meanwhile, independent sector bed capacity reached just over 9,000 places by mid-2009, and now makes up 25% of bed capacity across the public and independent sectors combined. An estimated 85% of independent mental health hospital revenues (£860 million) are paid by the NHS, making it the largest single recipient of NHS spending on independently provided healthcare services.
Editor of the report William Laing said: ‘The underlying reason why the NHS pays for the independent sector to provide such a high proportion of mental health hospital services, rather than providing them in-house, is because independent hospitals are better placed to serve groups of patients with specialised needs. ‘Demand for