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NHS Trusts: Private Patients

House of Lords written question – answered on 17th November 2003.

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Photo of Baroness Noakes Baroness Noakes Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How they ensure that the charges made by National Health Service trusts for services offered to private patients cover the full costs of those services; and

How they define cross-subsidy for the purpose of ensuring that charges for services offered to private patients are not cross-subsidised by National Health Service resources.

Photo of Lord Warner Lord Warner Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

Paragraph 14 of Schedule 2 to the NHS and Community Care Act 1990 sets out the responsibility for National Health Service trusts to determine their own charges as follows:

"According to its functions, an NHS trust may make accommodation or services or both available for patients who give undertakings (or for whom undertakings are given) to pay, in respect of the accommodation or services (or both) such charges as the trust may determine."

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