Poorly NHS patients charged £10 per day just to watch TV from their hospital bed : Mirror.

Hospedia charges patients to use bedside TV by putting money on to a card. It raked in £21million from the sick last year.

Patients are being charged £10 per day just to watch TV (Image: MEN MEDIA)

NHS patients are being charged “rip-off” fees of up to hundreds of pounds by private firms just to watch television during stays on hospital wards.

A Mirror investigation can reveal costs of up to almost £10 a day by one company.

Hospedia charges patients to use bedside TV by putting money on to a card. It raked in £21million from the sick last year.

Patients complained of losing their “credit” when they were moved to another bed or discharged early.

One relative said their elderly father spent 11 months in hospital after breaking his hip over two stays and was charged £700.

Former publican Mario O’Neill was in hospital with prostate cancer when he was ripped off paying to use the TVs there. (Image: Leftfieldimages.com)

 

Hospedia has contracts to operate in around 150 NHS facilities and boasts of “serving 10 million patients, five million visitors and 500,000 healthcare staff”.

The Mirror sent Freedom of Information requests to the UK’s 121 acute hospitals and 87 responded. Private firms charged for TV use in 64 – 57 were Hospedia.

Typical rates were £7.90 a day for a “TV bundle” and £9.90 a day for extra movie channels.

One relative said: “My elderly father spent six months in hospital last year and another five months this year after he broke his hip.

“We have spent more than £700 in TV and phone charges. It’s disgusting…

“We have lost numerous credits when he has been moved to another bed or hospital, leaving other patients using his TV.”

Read More : Mirror.

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