In your article 'Survey finds hidden private income', the placing of the paragraph that names Tameside Hospital suggests that the trust would exceed by 89 per cent its current private patient cap in a scenario in which money recouped from private insurers for treating road accident victims was excluded. This is not the case.

In addition, should the definition of private patient income be widened to include the income referred to in the KPMG report, the cap would also be recalculated. In this case, for 2007-08 the trust's actual private patient income under the widest definition would not exceed the revised cap.

To put this into perspective, private patients account for less than 1 per cent of all patient related income, even when applying the widest possible definition used in this article.

Karen Brown, director of finance, Tameside Hospital foundation trust

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