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Fines for missed NHS appointments

Submitted on Thursday 4th August 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: duplicate (see below for details)

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Fines for missed NHS appointments

Additional Information

Have a dentistry style fine system for missed NHS appointments (clinics, investigations, operations etc) without prior information.
e.g. >30min late for appointment = immediate cancellation (currently patients still expect to be seen even after being this late - my plumber, lawyer or Amazon Delivery company would not!) and £50 fine.

Missed appointments are an enormous drain on the NHS and a constant source of frustration for staff.
It takes 30s to make a phone call to cancel an appointment.

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This petition was rejected

The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

There's already a petition about this issue. We cannot accept a new petition when we already have one about a very similar issue.

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Please see: "Fine patients who fail to attend hospital/gp appointments without giving prior notice".

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