§ Andy Burnham
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been treated to date under the NHS concordat in(a) the south-east,(b) the south-west, (c) London, (d) Trent, (e) the west midlands, (f) the north-west, (g) north and Yorkshire and (h) England. 
§ Mr. Hutton
[holding answer 29 January 2002]: Since November 2000 the Independent Healthcare Association has collected monthly data from independent health care 1043W providers about the number of national health service patients treated by them. A breakdown of the information will shortly be placed in the Library.
According to this data, at least 80,000 procedures have been treated in the independent sector in England, paid for by the NHS. This figure includes out-patient appointments, day cases and in-patient treatment. Information for the regions requested is in the table.
The Department has recently surveyed health authorities and trusts on the amount of activity they are purchasing for NHS patients within the private sector and will make available key results soon. The Department is also currently reviewing its information needs as far as NHS-funded activity in the private sector is concerned.
Region1 Procedures2 London 3,162 North-west 18,542 Northern and Yorkshire 15,172 South-east 19,047 South-west 6,636 Trent 6,978 West Midlands 7,029 1May differ slightly from NHS regions. 2Procedures undertaken by the independent sector facilities in each region (may differ slightly from NHS regions) paid for by the NHS between November 2000 and December 2001 (including out-patient appointments, day cases and in-patient treatment).