MORE than eight out of 10 operations which NHS bosses paid a private health company to carry out never happened.
Tameside health bosses paid the Greater Manchester Surgical Centre to carry out 777 operations last year but sent only 101 patients to the unit.
New figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, show health bosses across Greater Manchester have forked out around £10m to South African company Netcare for operations which haven't been carried out since it opened in May 2005.
Three years ago regional health bosses signed a five-year £70m deal with the company on behalf of the 10 local trusts.
But as waiting times have fallen at the region's hospitals fewer people have opted to go to the Trafford private unit - in 2007 less than two thirds of the operations paid for were actually carried out.