Nurses demand government clarity on top-ups

The Royal College of Nursing backs the introduction of top-up payments for a limited period while the full implications are investigated.

Peter Carter (Photograph: Steffan Hill)
Peter Carter (Photograph: Steffan Hill)

Dr Peter Carter, the RCN’s chief executive and general secretary, said: ‘We do not want to face a situation where two patients in neighbouring beds can be offered different menus of treatment, based solely on their ability to pay.

‘The government made the right decision in November in lifting the ban on top-up payments while examining the full implications of the policy, and I am pleased that many nurses took part in our consultation on that issue.

‘If a patient decides to top-up their care, will they be taking NHS services and facilities away from other patients?

‘Will a trust in the south of England be able to offer patients the same options to top-up as a trust in the north of England?

‘The government needs to avoid carefully the creation of a deep and complex postcode lottery.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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