Private Patients: Health Insurance

Health written question – answered on 20th February 2012.

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Photo of Paul Uppal Paul Uppal Conservative, Wolverhampton South West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward legislative proposals to compel private health care providers to have full indemnity cover for NHS patients.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The NHS Standard Contract requires providers to obtain appropriate indemnity in relation to clinical negligence.

The Government's aim is for equivalent safeguards to be in place for patients irrespective of who provides their NHS services. The Department will therefore be asking the NHS Litigation Authority for advice on options for modifying the existing clinical negligence scheme for trusts to enable all providers of NHS services to be members.

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