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National Health Service: Bullying - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:15 pm on 3rd July 2019.

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Photo of Lord Dobbs Lord Dobbs Conservative 3:15 pm, 3rd July 2019

My Lords, does my noble friend accept that the rights that we all enjoy with the National Health Service also come with commensurate responsibilities: the responsibilities of patients not to abuse staff and to turn up to their appointments, and the responsibilities of staff to ensure that the National Health Service is being used honestly and responsibly? Does she agree that the BMA’s recent announcement that charging health tourists is “fundamentally racist” is not only bonkers but financially disgraceful, and deeply damaging to the people and the patients the National Health Service was set up to protect?