GPs 'want £25 appointment fee'

51% of GPs surveyed are in favour of the NHS charging up to £25 for routine appointments. 440 of them were quizzed by health magazine Pulse. 36% GPs said they were opposed to the idea.

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Half of GPs 'in favour of charging £25 for appointments'

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'. Credit: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

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.

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