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Patient challenges trust’s right to deprive her of NHS treatment for buying drugs privately

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 30 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1909
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    A test case to decide whether patients can lawfully be deprived of NHS treatment if they opt to pay privately for drugs that their local NHS trust is unwilling to fund is headed for the High Court in London.

    Sue Bentley, 67, from Monmouthshire, who has lung cancer, is challenging the decision by Velindre NHS Trust in Wales to charge her for two other drugs that are normally free to health service patients because she has opted to pay privately for …

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