Scotland: £5.1 million to fund private hip & knee surgery:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Scotland is to spend £5.1m ($8.1m) in 2003-04 to enable the National Health Service to use the private sector to perform hip and knee replacement surgery. The initiative will be used to treat some 590 patients with waits of over six months for these procedures. Some 500 patients have been treated in private hospitals under a similar initiative in 2002-03, at a cost of £4m. The National Waiting Times Unit has provisionally booked spare capacity in private hospitals. These include Ross Hall and Nuffield in Glasgow, Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Carrick Glen in Ayr, Kings Park in Stirling, Albyn in Aberdeen and Fernbrae in Dundee.