Patients 'urged to be more pushy' at NHS hospitals

British patients should adopt more "pushy" American attitudes with their doctors to get drugs they are entitled to, the head of the NHS rationing body has said.

Professor David Haslam, chairman of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice), said that patients need to see themselves as "equal partners" with doctors to get the treatment they need.

Patients urged to be more pushy at NHS hospitals Credit: ITV News

And he explained that after working as a doctor near an American air force base in Cambridgeshire, he noticed that US patients had a less deferential approach than local residents.

"Americans tended to want to know more about their treatment than the British who tend to be much more 'thank you doctor, I will take that'," he told the Daily Telegraph.