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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.