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More private patients at Frimley - by CLIFF MOGG

MORE private patients may soon be treated at Frimley Park Hospital to help boost its income.

MORE private patients may soon be treated at Frimley Park Hospital to help boost its income.

Hospital bosses want to build another 15-20 private rooms for which they could charge £200 a night.

The proposed wing has been earmarked for the third floor of a new treatment and diagnostic centre.

Work on the centre, which is for patients with bone and eye ailments, is due to start in April.

But it is likely that the third floor will be added only if the three-star hospital successfully applies for foundation status.

Under such a set-up, Government interference would be reduced, leaving the trust to manage its own affairs.

Frimley Park chief executive Andrew Morris revealed the hospital's plans at a recent meeting of the area's community health council.

He said the hospital's existing private wing, Parkside, makes a profit which benefits the NHS.

And with the demand for private beds still high, the hospital was anxious to increase its facilities.

Mr Morris said if the hospital had foundation status, then it would be able to borrow the money for the scheme from the bank.

According to the community health council's report, some members were concerned about the impact the increase in private work would have on NHS patients.

They feared that doctors and consultants would have less time to treat NHS patients.

Mr Morris is reported to have said that he wants to employ an extra 20 consultants, in addition to the 90-plus already on the books.

He assured the council that the work of consultants was monitored to ensure they fulfil their NHS contracts.


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