News in brief: Patients could pay to fill NHS gaps

A patient trust fund concept has been cautiously welcomed by a GP commissioning group in Leicestershire. The fund costing patients 5p a day aims to fill gaps in the NHS, such as Herceptin provision. The idea’s originator GP Dr Teck Khong said: ‘My task is now to engage the public and explain how the NHS can be protected from privatisation, and how a minuscule contribution can be empowering.’

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