Charge seriously ill patients for NHS beds, proposes commission

Hidden amidst the aspirations on social care are some nasty precedents which could undermine the whole principle of free NHS care.

The NHS should charge some critically ill patients for their NHS bed, suggests a report published today by Kate Barker for influential health policy lobbyists, the Kings Fund.

The report also recommends considering ending free prescriptions for most pensioners and for people with long term conditions.

“new recipients of what is currently defined as NHS Continuing Healthcare should meet their accommodation costs” says the report. NHS Continuing Healthcare is NHS care provided to people who are severely ill and either deteriorating or dying.