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Who bears the cost of patients not attending?


This is incorrect - it costs GP practices and partners for DNA appointments. Yes it does allow catch up/breathing time but at a cost. With increasing recruitment issues, more and more practices are utilising routine locum clinics. The cost of setting up a locum clinic to ensure adequate number of appointments are available, is borne by the practice. If the equivalent number of DNA appointments were placed in this clinic, it would not be required = saving the practice the cost of that locum session. This comes from their own pocket. Hence in GP practices it is the partners or practices who pay for DNAs. GP and Hospital DNAs result in longer waiting times for all patients, but hospital costs are borne by the NHS overspends. This results in cuts to front line services with introduction of low priority procedures etc to balance books.

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05 Jan 2019

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