There has been media speculation about proposed changes to international and private patients seen in any NHS hospital.
Dr Jane Collins, Chief Executive, commented:
“Great Ormond Street Hospital is proud of the work we do for the NHS and for our private patients. Our private work is largely international, with families funded by foreign governments and healthcare systems to receive care not otherwise available to them. Revenues generated by this can only be reinvested to the benefit of NHS patients. This is currently less than ten per cent of our total clinical income.
The lifting of the 'private patient cap' would allow us, as an Foundation Trust, to treat more private patients but also, through reinvestment, to help more NHS patients as well. However, we have always said that we see ourselves as primarily an NHS hospital and we can’t conceive of a situation where our private income would be as much as half our work.”