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NHS Trust debt write-offs investigated

24th January 2008

A new report has suggested that NHS Trusts are choosing to write-off unpaid debts from private patients.

According to the BBC, research by the Health Services Journal found that four trusts – North Bristol, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Moorfields foundation and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital foundation – had written off £4.8 million in bills.

A spokesman for Great Ormond Street said that the issue had been “slowness in recovering sums”, rather than people failing to pay, the news provider reports.

“Most of this income comes from sovereign governments or large insurers who wish to continue to use us,” he explained.

However, Karen Jennings, head of health at Unison, told the BBC that these debts highlighted the “instability” created by links between the NHS and the private sector.

In related news, the Department of Health noted this week that more than a thousand people will be surveyed on how the NHS can deliver better services as part of the Our NHS Our Future review.

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