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Hospital To Spend £7,000 To Allow Patients To Watch TV

Wednesday May 30 2012


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BARNSLEY Hospital is to spend £7,000 to allow all patients to have free TV access so they can watch the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.

The hospital's TV offering is provided by Hospicom which charges £3.50 per patient per day for the facility - but the hospital has agreed to use its charitable funds to cover the cost of providing free TV access from June 2 to 5 for the Jubilee celebrations and for the Olympics in July and the Paralympics in August.

Hospital chairman Stephen Wragg said: “Patients who will have to stay at the hospital this summer will be in during a whole programme of historical events taking place across our country – and we don’t want them to miss out.

“The Charitable Funds make it possible for the hospital to buy equipment, improve facilities and enhance the wellbeing of patients and staff where it wouldn’t be appropriate to use NHS money but where the Trustees can see that it will make a big difference - and it was agreed that this is one of those occasions.”

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Reply Posted by Gill Allen on Wednesday May 30 2012 at 09:23
I think patients should have access to free tv viewing all year round, it used to be free, its just a rip off charging ill people to watch tv!

Reply Posted by Matt_sharpe1969 on Wednesday May 30 2012 at 18:34
no because any care environment as to pay tv licence it should be transfered for the individual -- patients should -if they wear then bring inco pads in from home the nhs is not a charity and the more expence it as is only going to kill it

Reply Posted by Dannyb on Wednesday May 30 2012 at 20:50
In response to matts comment, it costs £145 for a tv licence. That's about 50p per day. The channels are only basic freeview channels. You could get a full sky subscription for what you would pay for watching hospital television for 10 days.

Yes, it should always be free.