Lib Dems back top-up payments

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has called for patients to be allowed to pay for extra treatment without losing the right to free NHS care.

Speaking to think tank Reform in London yesterday, he spoke of patients being refused NHS treatment because they had bought life-extending cancer drugs.

He said: ‘An extra week of life may not count for much on a bureaucrat’s chart. But if you’re saying goodbye forever to your children? It couldn’t matter more.’

The Conservatives revealed similar plans in an exclusive interview with GP last week.

Labour has ordered a review of the idea which is expected to report soon.

He also outlined plans to guarantee patients private treatment if NHS care was not available within set time limits.

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