Commentary: misinterpretation of the rulesBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7019.1561 (Published 09 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1561
- Colin Reeves, director of financea
- NHS Executive, Department of Health, Leeds LS2 7UE
Mr Adams has concluded from the particular experience of his department that NHS accounting rules create a disincentive to treating private patients in NHS hospitals as a means of income generation. This is simply not the case. The income generated from private patients is making an increasingly valuable contribution to the resources available to treat NHS patients, and the rules are framed to accommodate this.
Mr Adams states that resources have not followed patients. In fact, as is clear from his article, all the extra patients treated in his department have brought in …