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Private Medicine

Volume 22: debated on Thursday 22 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether medical consultants in private practice may recruit nurses and secretaries from the National Health Service for their private practice (a) in a part-time capacity or (b) in a full-time capacity.

It is open to consultants conducting private practice outside hospitals, as it is to other employers, to offer employment to members of NHS staff. Where a consultant undertakes private practice in an NHS hospital, however, the health board is responsible for making available, and charging a patient for, the services of other staff.