All private or social health service providers who have agreements with the National Health Service (SNS) are prohibited from shipping individual protective equipment, such as masks or gowns, to residents assisted under the agreement. The alert was made this Tuesday by the regulator following complaints from users.
In a statement, the Health Regulatory Authority, in exercising its supervisory powers, warns all institutions providing health care in the private, cooperative and social sector, within the scope of activity covered by agreements signed with the NHS, which in order to provide care to beneficiaries, are only entitled to charge a fee for access. To the services provided in this area and, where applicable, the amount due as a moderate fee.
Therefore, “the collection of personal protective equipment (PPE) or any other value for services provided to NHS users, is inconsistent with the obligations undertaken in the agreements concluded, constitutes a contractual violation, and by the users, a violation of their right to access health care”.
In addition, “PPE fees or any other value for services provided to NHS users constitute a violation of the rules on obtaining health care, sanctioned,” the organizer warns.
The health sector’s agreed warning about collecting personal protective equipment is the second warning issued during the pandemic.
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