NHS Charging

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 22nd March 2005.

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Photo of Kali Mountford Kali Mountford PPS (Mr Des Browne, Minister of State), Home Office 11:30 am, 22nd March 2005

May I tell my right hon. Friend about a constituent of mine who told me on Friday that he needs knee surgery and is to be admitted into a Nuffield hospital for treatment paid for by the NHS? Has my right hon. Friend considered, given that the Wanless report recommended that treatment free at the point of need was the most effective and efficient way of delivering health services, how we can expand capacity while not burdening people with an unexpected charge beyond the national insurance that they have already paid?