"I will protest outside your hospital in reaction to Hospedia’s rip-off charges for bedside TV but only if 10 other local people will do the same."
— Chris Jones, Hospedia-Robbing the Sick
Deadline to sign up by: 30th June 2011
11 people signed up (1 over target)
Country: United Kingdom
Criminals get it free – Patients have to pay.
Hospedia (formally Patientline), featured on BBC Watchdog, now charges up to £7.50 a day for bedside TV+films packages in our hospitals. Patients who have to rely on Hospedia’s NON-REFUNDABLE pay-cards to purchase the service might be paying even more as these cards, in most hospitals, are only available in denominations of £5, £10, £15 and £20.
Patients, usually the poorest and most vulnerable, who are dependent on the services the most, might be misled into paying these rip-off charges.
“The car parking charges, inflated shop prices and in particular the exorbitant cost of beside TV, makes a mockery of the NHS being "free at the point of care".
“These charges represent an unfair tax on the sick who have no choice but to pay up if they want to keep in contact with the outside world, often when they are at their most vulnerable”.
"Almost two thirds of hospital beds are used by people over 65 for whom access to a phone and TV can be extremely valuable. Burdening them with additional costs for basic services is unhelpful during what will be a distressing time".
I will protest outside your hospital in reaction to Hospedia’s rip-off charges for bedside TV but only if 10 other people will do the same. Dates, times and additional information will be provided. Light refreshments will be provided on the day.