Trust defends decision to retain private beds at Heart Hospital

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 18 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:358
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

    The chief executive of the London NHS trust that bought the privately owned Heart Hospital has defended his decision to retain a third of the unit's 95 beds for private patients.

    Robert Naylor of University College London Hospitals NHS Trust said that the purchase of the financially ailing unit, which was running at a third of its capacity, would transform cardiac services in the capital.

    He added: “We haven't guaranteed anything. We have started off with the proposition that the existing consultants will want to continue to bring the same number of private patients in. The number of private cases at the hospital may well go down in the future.

    “The reason we …

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