Article date: 9 September 2008
Norwich Union Healthcare today welcomed reports that the Liberal Democrats will allow patients to pay privately for drugs to "top up" NHS care.
Dr Doug Wright, head of clinical governance at Norwich Union Healthcare, said: "We welcome today's decision by the Liberal Democrats which puts patients' interests first and will offer them greater flexibility to "top up" their treatment privately.
"A long-term, sustainable healthcare system for everyone can only be achieved effectively through partnership between the private sector and the NHS."
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Rob O'Halloran on 020 7544 3013 or Lucy Grubb, Norwich Union Press Office on 07800 691935.
Notes to editors:
About Norwich Union Healthcare
Norwich Union Healthcare was founded in 1990 as the healthcare arm of Norwich Union and now provides a range of private medical insurance, income protection, occupational health and group life products and services that cover over 2,400,000 lives. It is one of the largest providers of income protection and private medical insurance in the UK.
Norwich Union Occupational Health, a sister company of Norwich Union Healthcare, provides occupational health solutions and services to a wide range of industry sectors. By utilising their large fleet of purpose built mobile clinics and approved medical centres, staffed by a team of experienced occupational physicians and nursing staff, the services are designed to meet the individual needs of clients.
Norwich Union Healthcare is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority and is a member of the Association of British Insurers and the Financial Ombudsman Service.