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I had a written letter from the Nuffield Hospital informing

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I had a written letter from the Nuffield Hospital informing me of an appointment
for a Angiogram, which I assumed was arranged through my local NHS hospital.
The letter ended with the following paragraph
Please be reassured that your treatment and meals are being met by the NHS.
I attended the hospital, nervous about the operation, and I didn`t sleep the night before.
I went through all the pre-op tests, got in my gown , and was then told "pay £2400,
or go home, I went home .
The appointment letter wasn`t signed in writing, and was sent on behalf of the Matron.
Is the letter a Contract.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
Alex Watts :

Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.

Alex Watts :

The letter was signed, even if electronic?

Alex Watts :

It confirms that meals are included etc?

Alex Watts :

Did you pay the £2400 please?

Customer:

Didn`t pay, the letter just had the authors name

Alex Watts :

Ok - then do not worry

Alex Watts :

If you have the letter and even if they try and pursue the debt, it is clear that they have sent a letter saying you will not be charged anything

Alex Watts :

Even if it went to Court, it would be a small claim so you would not need a Solicitor and they would have to explain to a Judge why when they said there would be no cost they are trying to charge £2,400

Customer:

Was it a breach of contract

Alex Watts :

Do not worry - you have the letter as protection

Alex Watts :

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

Alex Watts :

Well not really because the contract is between the hospital and the NHS

Alex Watts :

Not you

Alex Watts :

Can I clarify anything else for you about this?

Customer:

I thought that Nuffield made me a written offer, which I accepted, is that not a contract, which they

Customer:

didn`t honour

Alex Watts :

No, because you also need to make an offer of consideration

Alex Watts :

Ie you go and buy a mars bar

Alex Watts :

The owner gives up the mars bar, you give up say 50p

Alex Watts :

Here, you don't give up anything

Alex Watts :

Therefore this is not a contract between you and the hospital

Alex Watts :

But don't worry about technicalities

Alex Watts :

If they said you were not going to be charged, then you can't

Customer:

O K

Alex Watts :

Does this help?

Customer:

They said it would all be paid by the NHS except surgeons fee

Alex Watts :

Ok - then you do not need to worry, you have the letter

Customer:

I`ve been deprived of an urgent operation

Alex Watts :

Ok - then they may be negligent.

Alex Watts :

You may have a claim in that case but under a slightly different term

Alex Watts :

But you may well have a claim

Alex Watts :

If you can show that you have suffered loss and damage as a result then you can sue for personal injury

Customer:

OK I will see a local solicitor

Customer:

Thanks

Alex Watts :

Can I clarify anything else for you about this?

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