Alan Milburn, Labour MP for Darlington, said most of the spending was in England, with district health authorities paying non-NHS providers more than £250m. A further £51m was spent by NHS trusts and £30m by England's GP fundholders on private health treatment.
But the biggest increase in public spending on private provision was in Wales, up 232% and Scotland, up 508%. The figures came from Commons written replies.
Mr Milburn said: "The Conservatives' market changes in the NHS have given the green light to private medicine. The taxpayer is footing the bill for a massive state subsidy to the private healthcare industry."Reuse content