Charge patients for missed NHS appointments

Charge patients for missed NHS appointments

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Last year at £30 on average, missed GP appointments cost the NHS £216millon.  This is not only a waste of resources and time for GPs, but also extremely frustrating for other patients that are in need of medical attention.

In 2016/17 missed appointments cost over £1bn, which could have been used to pay the salaries of more staff to allow a greater number of patients to use the service that the NHS provides.

We are all only human, and occasionally unforeseen circumstances arise that prevent us from being able to cancel NHS appointments, however a lot of the time, no shows are due to feeling as though the appointment is no longer needed, and forgetting to cancel.

We are extremely fortunate to live in a country where the health service is free, and the system should be appreciated and not taken for granted. Incurring a fee for no shows should be made compulsory if cancellation is not attempted, or a reasonable explanation cannot be provided.

 

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