GPs to vote on charging patients for appointments

Doctors will vote on whether to charge patients for GP appointments later today at the British Medical Association Local Medical Committees (LMCs) Conference. Missed appointments cost the NHS £160m a year and many GPs feel free care is unsustainable.

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GPs to vote on charging for appointments

GPs will vote on whether to start charging patients for appointments, which they say will take some of the burden off family doctors.

Increasing numbers of elderly and obese patients have lead GPs to voice concerns over whether the NHS can remain free. Credit: PA

Missed appointments cost the NHS £160 million a year and many doctors feel it's unsustainable to continue offering free care.

Family doctor's have increasingly voiced concerns over strains put on GP services by the growing number of obese and elderly patients.

They will cast their vote at the British Medical Association Local Medical Committees (LMCs) Conference later this afternoon.

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