The private acute healthcare sector has faced a number of re-occurring challenges during recent years. An increasing number of patients are seeking surgical treatments such as elective care procedures. There is also the ongoing difficulty of remaining financially competitive in a highly competitive field. To further compound these long-standing challenges, the industry also faces the impending problem of continuing to supply high-level staff across the sector alongside dealing with the wider long-term issues that COVID-19 and Brexit will create. Whilst the NHS seems to have experienced the greatest impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, the reality is that private acute healthcare is also suffering.