NHS: Private Care

House of Lords written question – answered on 17th May 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Cumberlege Baroness Cumberlege Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to review the NHS Guidance on patients who wish to pay for additional private care.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the conclusions of Professor Sir Mike Richards' 2008 report Improving access to medicines for NHS patients, in particular on the separation of NHS care and additional privately funded care for surgery.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

This Government support the approach recommended by Professor Sir Mike Richards' report, and have no plans to review the existing guidance. This includes the principle that privately funded and National Health Service funded care should be kept as clearly separate as possible, to ensure that NHS funding is not used to subsidise private care and that NHS patients are not charged for their treatment, which would breach NHS principles and legislation.

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