Reports trickled through yesterday that Lansley has slipped a sneaky potential amendment through in the pre-Christmas rush that allows NHS Foundation Trusts to increase potential provisions for private patients from a current average of 2% to a maximum 49%. This post on Though Cowards Flinch sharply points out the this is a total income rather than based on the number of beds which is an important distinction.
The details are explained well in this post at NHS Vault which I recommend highly because there is a lot more detail than I’ve garnered. My response is a undoubtably less erudite than both the previous posts but based unapologetically on my gut instincts and experiences of working in and around the NHS. Continue reading