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Fining people for failing to keep appointments at their Doctors surgery

Submitted on Thursday 4th August 2011

Published on Tuesday 13th September 2011

Current status: Closed

Closed: Thursday 13th September 2012

Signatures: 7

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Money ~ NHS

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Fining people for failing to keep appointments at their Doctors surgery

Additional Information

As you are all aware, if you make an appointment with a Dentist, and fail to keep that appointment, and you do not have good reason for the same you get a bill for a nominal sum payable to that Dentist Surgery.
After a visit to my local GP the other day I was totally amazed and also discusted with the number of appointments that had not been kept, and those that had made them had not cancelled or rearranged their appointment. I would like to see a fixed penalty charged levied against anyone who makes an appointment at a Doctors Surgery and fails to keep it in the same way as any Dentist ( including NHS Dentist do. ) I believe that this would reduce the number of un kept appointments and thus free up more time for those who are ill and need to see a Doctor. It would, in the long run save the NHS money at both local and national levels.


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