Cancer Patients in UK to get Free Private Treatment

28 June 2009 (Last Updated June 28th, 2009 18:30)

Cancer patients in the UK will get private treatment free of charge if NHS specialists are unavailable within the government's two-week treatment target. The country's Prime Minister Gordon Brown plans to enhance the private sector's role in the NHS and said that the government will pa

Cancer patients in the UK will get private treatment free of charge if NHS specialists are unavailable within the government's two-week treatment target.

The country's Prime Minister Gordon Brown plans to enhance the private sector's role in the NHS and said that the government will pay for a private consultation for the cost equivalent at a primary care trust.

A majority of 97% of NHS trusts in the country meet the two-week deadline, implying that only a few hundred patients would require private treatment, UK newspaper The Independent reports.

Currently, only elective surgical procedures such as hip replacements and cataract surgery are provided through private treatment centres.