Web Resources for NHS and private care
Relevant Clinical Literature
Guidance was issued in March 2009 that clarified certain points.
- The NHS should never subsidise private care with public money
- Patients should never be charged for their NHS care, or be allowed to pay towards an NHS service (except where specific legislation is in place to allow this)
- NHS care should not be withdrawn simply because a patient chooses to buy additional private care
- Additional private care must be delivered separately from NHS care
- The NHS should continue to provide all care that the patient would have been entitled to had he or she not chosen to have additional private care
- It should always be clear whether an individual procedure or treatment is privately funded or NHS funded.
- Private and NHS care should be kept as clearly separate as possible.
- Private care should be carried out at a different time to NHS care.
- Private care should be carried out in a different place to NHS care, as separate from other NHS patients as possible