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NHS: Private Sector

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the NHS of an entitlement for a patient to be treated privately if not treated within 18 weeks in the first year of operation of such an entitlement. (320877)

As detailed in the impact assessment

www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/documents/digitalasset/dh_108091.pdf

relating to the consultation on new patient rights, the proposals are largely cost neutral. If the proposed right is brought forward we would expect any alternative providers to provide services at the national health service tariff.

A copy of the assessment has already been placed in the Library.