7:08 am, Fri 26 Jul 2013
Edmond Ferdinandus, a GP in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, said:
A small fee will make patients feel they have a large entitlement - if we do this, I predict the extra income will be entirely cancelled out by extra prescriptions, investigations or referrals.
Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the General Practitioners Committee which represents GPs in Britain, agreed and said the NHS should be free at point of delivery:
Charging patients would have adverse effects and would fundamentally be to the detriment of GP-patient relationships. We need to preserve trust between patients and their GPs.
7:07 am, Fri 26 Jul 2013
Dr Shailendra Bhatt, a GP in Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, told the
I work in a walk-in centre. The amount of people who come through the door for practically no reason at all and say “I was out and saw this sign for a walk-in centre where one can see a doctor, so I came in.”People don’t value the things if they get it cheap, worse still if they get it for nothing.
5:33 am, Fri 26 Jul 2013
Half of GPs are in favour of the NHS charging up to £25 for routine appointments, according to a survey.
Many believe charging for face-to-face consultations is the only way to manage the increasing workload and rising patient demand, health magazine Pulse said.
Half of GPs 'in favour of charging £25 for appointments'.
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The poll of 440 GPs by the magazine, 51% said they would support imposing a small fee to visit a GP, compared with 36% who would not.
Last year a similar poll found only a third of GPs would support the move, suggesting a growing number are willing to consider drastic solutions to reduce their workload.