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 John Reid John Reid Secretary of State, Department of Health, The Secretary of State for Health 11:30 am, 22nd March 2005

I am glad that my hon. Friend's constituent is getting quick access to health care. We have broken down the old dogma that says that we will never use anything except directly provided services, but we have maintained the old principle that any such services—even if purchased in bulk from the independent sector—will be delivered free at the point of need. For instance, that means that her constituent does not have to pay some £7,550 for a knee replacement, and it is one reason why the NHS is getting more and more commendations throughout the country.