NHS to hit target by funding private ops

By Jane Candlish

Published: 04/12/2013

CASH-strapped NHS Highland could pay £120,000 to send patients for operations at a private hospital 170 miles away – because of a staff shortage.

People waiting for orthopaedic surgery at Raigmore Hospital are to be offered procedures at Ross Hall in Glasgow so the health board does not miss waiting time targets.

If all 22 patients due for operations this month agree to travel south for treatment, it would cost the authority £120,000. Any of the patients who refuse treatment in Glasgow will have to wait longer for their surgery.

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