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Top-up patients can now have NHS treatment too

PATIENTS who pay privately for top-up drugs will no longer be denied access to free NHS treatment the Health Secretary announced this week.

PATIENTS who pay privately for top-up drugs will no longer be denied access to free NHS treatment the Health Secretary announced this week.

But MP Alan Johnson made clear that while private care can be carried out alongside NHS care, any such treatment should take place in a private facility and patients will be expected to pay for any tests and scans associated with that treatment.

A Solihull Care Trust Spokesperson said the new guidance would have a "positive impact on the health of the population of Solihull".

Although it was unclear just how many patients in the borough were paying for top up drugs, the Trust believed it would benefit those still entitled to NHS care.

Also announced this week were plans to increase types of drugs available to NHS patients and reduce the need for patients to resort to private treatment.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has set out a system for appraising expensive drugs designed to help those with severe illnesses.

At the same time, NICE plan to work with the Department of Health to speed up the appraisal process, so that patients have faster and more consistent access to new therapies.

 

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