Private Acute Healthcare Central London Market Report

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What the report covers

  • Market overview
  • Sources of funding
  • Independent providers
  • NHS Private patient units
  • Outer London


  • Glossary
  • Regulators
  • Trade associations
  • Provider profiles
  • Financial appendix

Who is the report for

  • Hospital & Clinic C-suite Professionals
  • Specialist Acute Medical Care Providers
  • Private Medical Insurance Groups
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • NHS Foundation Trusts
  • Investors
  • Banks
  • Private Equity
  • Architects
  • Property Developers & Consultants
  • Central & Local Government
  • Think Tanks
  • Lawyers
  • Management Consultants


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LaingBuisson’s Private Acute Healthcare Central London Market Report. 6th Edition

LaingBuisson’s comprehensive study into Central London’s private acute market. Sixth edition. Published 25th February 2020 (355pp)

“Change continues in the central London acute medical care market. Much of this follows the trends of previous years, notably the strengthening performance of PPUs, the slow increase in self-pay and cost containment from private medical insurers. In the face of this, the return of the embassy market is very welcome and though hospital revenues from this channel have not quite returned to the high point of 2014, they have been important in buoying independent hospital revenues in 2018.

“The next few years, nevertheless, promise to be interesting in terms of competition in the market, and how this competition shapes the market in the years to come. While we predict that 2018’s return to growth will continue, this is at a time when there are many new entrants to the market, some with a more traditional offering but others offering a new way of accessing private care to patients. Some are also offering employment to consultants, or at least new ways of engaging, which will inevitably have an impact on the ‘fight for talent’ in this most competitive marketplace, where being able to offer the services of leading doctor has a direct impact on the marketability of a hospital or clinic.

“While revenue rises, such competition suggests that profitability may not. This points to some sort of industry consolidation or restructuring as central London enters the competitive and global market of the 2020s.”

Ted Townsend, report author

The sixth edition of LaingBuisson’s industry-standard Private Acute Healthcare – Central London report, sponsored by the Medical Protection Society, is a trusted barometer of the market, and vital reading for anyone involved in this highly competitive market, whether as hospital/clinic provider, an investor or as an advisor.


Growth for independent hospitals has been underpinned by a resurgence in the embassy market, especially a move back to London of Gulf patients. In this, London has benefited from a corruption scandal in Germany and also from positive efforts to build relationships with organisations and individuals in the Gulf.

PPUs continue to benefit from a strong reputation for specialism for complex patients, perceived higher quality of care and lower prices and this is bringing in business, particularly from private medical insurers which are attracted by the value for money offered.

Both independent hospitals and PPUs are attracting more self-pay patients, though growth continues to be modest. Generally, when patients choose to pay it is for treatments, such as cataracts or orthopaedics, at the lower end of the price range. Otherwise, the trend to ‘mix and match’, e.g. paying for a private scan and then waiting for treatment on the NHS, prevails.

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