Guidance on NHS patients who wish to pay for additional private care was published on 23rd March 2009, by the Department of Health. NHS organisations should not withdraw NHS care simply because a patient chooses to buy additional private care. If a patient seeks information on how to access a private treatment option, NHS doctors should provide them with full and accurate information about the private services they or their NHS organisation can provide.

This policy sets out the operational arrangements and responsibilities necessary for those patients wishing to undertake a co-payment pathway for their treatment.

This Operational Policy should be read in conjunction with Richards Report (November 2008) and The Department of Health Guidance (March 2009).


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Chief Pharmacist
Ratified by: Drugs and Therapeutics Committee
Date Ratified: June 2024
Date Issued: June 2024
Review Date: June 2027
Target Audience: Clinicians, Managers and other staff involved in planning and implemented care packages for patients
Contact name: Chief Pharmacist


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