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NHS Treatment: Charges

Volume 456: debated on Monday 29 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to prevent hospital trusts from charging NHS patients who agree voluntarily to pay for fast tracked hospital treatment. (116967)

The national health service does not charge NHS patients for their hospital treatment. NHS providers should ensure that NHS services are delivered within current waiting time standards and having full regard to clinical priorities.

In order to make more income available for improving the health service NHS providers may make services available to private patients who pay provided this does not disadvantage NHS-funded patients.