NHS introduces seating charges for visitors
After the success of NHS hospitals charging patients and visitors for the use of their first-rate car parking facilities, Health Secretary Alan Johnson has unveiled exciting new plans to introduce fees for using seats in hospital waiting areas. The scheme includes a number of attractive options for visitors including off-peak seating, ‘Ward-Hoppers’ for relatives of patients in an unstable condition, and a number of great day-out packages like ‘Kids-for-a-Quid’ and ‘Economy Deckchair Class’. Regular visitors will also be able to collect loyalty points redeemable against future hours spent anxiously waiting to hear if a loved one pulled through. Mr Johnson added that in keeping with the principle of the NHS being free at the point of delivery, the contraction of MRSA during routine visits will remain free.
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Posted: Apr 24th, 2009 by Guest
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