MPs issue warning on top-up payments for cancer drugs

MPs have warned the introduction of top-up fees must be closely monitored to avoid compromising NHS care.

A health select committee report said administering drugs on NHS wards that were paid for privately would lead to differential treatment, depending on what patients could afford.

But moving patients to administer such drugs privately would upset the patient’s continuity of care and comfort, said the report.

The committee recommended more research is conducted before the policy is fully implemented. 

Until cancer czar Professor Mike Richards' review last year, patients were barred from receiving any NHS treatment if they paid for expensive drugs themselves.

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