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Charge patients for hospital stays to help fund NHS, says report

Health experts warn move would ‘depart from founding principles of a tax-funded public service’

Patients would be charged £8 a day when in hospital under proposals from a former health service boss to raise more money for the NHS.

Prof Stephen Smith is also urging ministers to bring in charges of £4 to £8 to help cover the costs of medical equipment that patients need, such as hearing aids and walking devices.

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