Press Summary – 27th October

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27th October
There was outcry amongst campaigners, press and politicians following the disclosure of Southend University Hospital Trust’s plans to trial an ‘Airbnb’ style plan of sending discharged patients to private spare rooms.

These plans have been put on hold, presumably due to the strong reaction of it’s critics (who were numerous). But ‘scoping’ goes on. Below are a few links to the wide-reaching press coverage. Well done Southend KONP for their part in bringing this to the attention of the nation.

HSJ – Exclusive: Airbnb style company bids to place NHS patients in spare rooms

The Guardian – NHS may rent spare rooms to ease bed crisis

The Express – NHS hospital patients could stay in PRIVATE houses to free up hospital beds

The Telegraph – Airbnb-style stays for recuperating patients to ease hospital bed-blocking and NHS drops ‘Airbnb’ plans to hire spare rooms at £50 a nigh

BBC – Southend Hospital backs off ‘Airbnb beds’ plan

BBC Essex interview with KONP co-chair Tony O’Sullivan here
from 1.08.08 to 1.28.20

HuffPost – Vulnerable People Should Not Have To Rely On Strangers’ Care In An Airbnb

Metro – Hospital rules out CareBnB Scheme

More articles on this story can be found here

KONP’s report – read our post here 

23rd October
Migrants and visitors to the UK will now face upfront charges to access the NHS

LBC – Junior Doctor Fears NHS Health Tourism Charges Could Lead To Racial Profiling

The Independent – NHS charging rules: Doctors and nurses accuse Government of ‘deliberate cruelty’ with upfront payments and ID checks

I News – NHS to start charging foreign patients for non-urgent treatment

The Evening Standard – Migrants and visitors to UK charged upfront for NHS treatment under new Government rules

The Huffington Post – Foreign Visitors Could Face Upfront NHS Charges In Crackdown On ‘Health Tourism’

The Metro – Foreign visitors will now be charged to use the NHS

The Guardian – Rules allowing upfront charges for foreign users of NHS come into force

The Daily Mail – The hospitals with no-one to keep tabs on health tourists: Busiest centres do not employ staff to check patients’ identities and chase invoices, figures show

KONP’s report – read our post here

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