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Nhs Pay Beds

Volume 407: debated on Monday 23 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the benefits of pay beds in NHS hospitals; and if he will make a statement. [120056]

The first priority of national health service hospitals is to treat NHS patients. However, as long as it does not interfere with their NHS duties, providing accommodation and services to private patients can be a useful way for NHS hospitals to raise additional income to use for their NHS services.