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pay bed

An NHS term of art for an available staffed bed which may be occupied by a private (paying) patient.
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And we see wealthy hospital consultants protesting at Labour's plans to scrap the 'pay beds' which then existed in NHS hospitals where people with money were buying themselves to the top of the NHS queue.
He wants trust managers to use the Government's massive investment in the health service to help scrap 3,000 pay beds in England.
Closure of private units and pay beds on NHS wards was official Labour policy until the early 90s.
These alternatives, including private pay beds, an increase in long stay patients (more than 30 days) in acute care hospitals, and the growth of unsubsidized home support services that home support agencies provided likely substituted for no more than 5 subsidized beds per 1,000 persons 75 years of age or over.
She moulded the first Ministry for Overseas Development, phased out pay beds from the NHS, gave life chances to millions, and paved the way for the first woman prime minister, (Well she wasn't to know.) And right up to her final breath she fought tirelessly for pensioners.