Top-up fees ‘may compromise care’

BBC NEWS | Health | Top-up fees ‘may compromise care’

The end of the ban on patients paying for extra drugs to top up NHS care could compromise care, warn MPs. The fear seems to be that for ideological reasons they don’t want two people in the same ward having different treatment, but they also feel that moving people so they can get ‘top-up’ care elsewhere isn’t ideal either.

Kevin Barron MP, chairman of the Health Committee, said the issue was highly complex.

He said the option of separating out NHS and private care was the only one likely to address most effectively the confusion surrounding the debate.

Mr Barron said: “Other options, such as a voucher scheme, appear to be unworkable or would undermine the fundamental values of the NHS.

“Nevertheless, there are real concerns which will need to be carefully monitored.”

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