British lawmakers get free VIP service at the National Health Service (NHS) hospital to protect them from public, UK media reports have revealed.
According to documents released under the Freedom of Information Act, UK MPs are given private cubicles and even single rooms in Accident and Emergency (A&E) admissions, rather than having to sit in a crowded ward where they could be confronted by members of the public.
Hospital managers at London's St Thomas' admitted there were special measurements in place for politicians because of their "enhanced security needs," the Express reported.
The protocol dictates that any "recognizable" MP is treated away from the public and out of sight.
The report points to other patients’ fury at the hospital where this was revealed.
This is while another report by the British paper refers to the daily allowance of House of the Lords peers who have been disgraced over their past actions.
The disgraced peers are still claiming their £300 daily allowance from the taxpayer to attend the Upper House of parliament, it said.
The most prominent is convicted criminal Lord Taylor of Warwick, who was found guilty of an expenses scandal after he falsely filed for travel and overnight subsistence to claim more than £11,000.
He told the House of Lords members’ expenses office that his main residence was a house in Oxford, when in fact he lived in west London.
The shamed peer never stayed in and only twice visited the Oxford property, which was owned by his half-nephew’s partner, and so he was not entitled to claim money for travelling from there to London and staying overnight in the capital, according to the Express.
But he was still able to claim a staggering £31,200 last year.