'A Sunday Times.article quoted a survey commissioned by health insurer BUPA, which found 55 per cent of senior doctors pay for medical insurance'

As it emerged that two hospital trusts were breaking the rules on hygiene earlier this week, The Sunday Times revealed that 'senior doctors avoid being treated on the NHS'.

The article quoted a survey commissioned by health insurer BUPA, which found 55 per cent of senior doctors pay for medical insurance. BUPA surveyed 500 consultants, more than 90 per cent of whom work in the NHS.

The paper quoted BUPA medical director Dr Natalie-Jane MacDonald, who said there was a gulf between expectations of private medicine and the NHS. 'The NHS target of having to wait no longer than 18 weeks by December 2008 is ambitious but our members would still see that as a very long time.'

It also quoted British Medical Association consultants committee chair Dr Jonathan Fielden, who defended doctors' preference for private treatment.

'What consultants do with their own healthcare is a personal matter,' he said.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail informed readers that bosses' jobs were 'on the line at two dirty hospitals'.

'The first hospitals to receive an official hygiene warning have been given 11 weeks to clean up,' it said.

The article said managers at Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals trust in North London 'could be fired unless they dramatically improve hygiene by the end of September'.

However, an article in The Guardian quoted Healthcare Commission chief executive Anna Walker, who said: 'We are not looking to catch people out. What we want is these infection control processes in place.'