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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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Closure of private units and pay beds on NHS wards was official Labour policy until the early 90s.
The last attempt to scrap pay beds ended in defeat for the late Barbara Castle when she was Health Secretary in the late 60s.
About 1,600 pay beds are available on normal hospital wards although their occupancy rate has now dropped to just 10 per cent.
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.