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Hospital withdraws letter to GPs saying how patients can jump queues

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 18 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:117
  1. Michael Day
  1. 1London

    An NHS hospital has been forced to withdraw a controversial queue jumping service for patients willing to pay thousands of pounds to avoid lengthy waits for orthopaedic surgery.

    A leaked letter from the Northampton General Hospital sent to local GPs on 8 January said that a cash shortfall meant that no more ordinary hip, knee, or cataract procedures would be possible in the current financial year.

    It added, however, that patients could have immediate access if they were willing and able to pay up to £6260 (€9500; $13 300) for their operations.

    The letter, written by the hospital's …

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