Prior information notice without call for competition : Private Patients
Unit(s) Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
NHS patients can leave the NHS queue to go private, but private patients
cannot join the NHS queue ahead of NHS patients already in the queue.
The report found health boards "could not provide assurance" that private patients
who transfer to the NHS for treatment are not unfairly advantaged.
The traditional principle of our NHS treatment, based on need and not the ability to pay, now comes only after the private patients
have been given a greater priority.
The Trust's core focus is to provide excellent cancer care and treatment for NHS patients and the provision of private patient
services will not prejudice or disrupt NHS services in any way.
The accusation comes only weeks after Health Ministry officials said it was wrong for private patients
to take precedence over those forced to queue for months before they are operated on.
About eight per cent reported that they were pressured into being admitted as private patient
, and a further 10 per cent said they were not given a choice as to whether they were to be admitted as a Medicare or private patient
Administrative safeguards ensure that day-to-day operations regarding the handling of private patient
data is documented, managed and controlled.
While in for a pre-operation check-up, the 74-year-old discovered a private patient
in the bed next to him had waited six weeks for surgery.
A signed agreement with Calvary Hospital (Bronx, New York), the largest acute-care provider of hospice care in New York, to be their facility of choice to receive Queens-based hospice patients prompted conversion of an additional nine private patient
care rooms, bringing the expanded refurbishment of skilled care rooms to a total of 23 hospice beds, as of May 1, 2002.
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTUH) is seeking to expand its private patient
income to support the strategic development of NHS Services.
Most private patient
activity is actually carried out in private rather than NHS hospitals, thus relieving the NHS of a considerable workload.