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Private patients to have access to NHS critical care treatment

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Private patients have full rights to NHS critical-care treatment if required, according to a newly-ratified protocol.

The agreement has been signed by the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS), Department of Health, Intensive Care Society and the National Critical Care Stakeholder Forum.

It reiterates the underlying right to free NHS treatment contained in the 1977 NHS Act, which covers patients who are initially treated privately.

Regarding payment, it says: ‘In the case where a retrieval service is offered, a charge will be made to the hospital or treatment centre for the retrieval process by the NHS trust.

‘It will be the responsibility of the hospital or treatment centre to make provision for payment. A separate charge may be made by the consultant intensivist or consultant responsible for stabilisation and transfer.’

Each independent hospital or independent-sector treatment centre (ISTC) must have a written transfer agreement in place with a specific NHS trust for both adult and paediatric transfers.

After NHS treatment, patients can be transferred back to the independent sector with their approval, as long as the appropriate level of care can be provided.

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