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Kidney Patients: Dialysis Machines

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce a system to ensure that NHS patients requiring kidney dialysis may receive dialysis through the NHS while staying temporarily outside their primary health care area in the UK without additional charge. (295163)

The National Service Framework for Renal Services emphasised that for reasons such as work, education, holidays and family visits, it is important that patients can dialyse away from home. We are working with specialised renal commissioners to identify ways in which we can improve the availability of dialysis for patients away from home.

The introduction of a standard tariff for dialysis, initially on a non-mandatory basis, will help to reduce the variations in the charges for people who wish to dialyse away from home.