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Two-thirds of patients willing to pay fine for missing a GP appointment

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Maybe a charge for missed appointments (amount is clearly open to debate) would change behaviour. But independent contractors trying to enforce it? In our climate of patient power and friends and family tests etc, forget it. Anyway, DNA’s are a distraction from the real problem of excessive workload and we should be focussing on whether a charge for using healthcare services per se would work. It seems to work in Ireland and we simply cannot ignore this fundamental problem or the system really is going to collapse. It is time for the NHS to take ownership of General Practice and all of the politically induced problems that go with it. Ditch the contract comrades!

Posted date

08 Feb 2016

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11:15am

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