The former Chancellor has warned of a “transformative” shake-up across the NHS.
Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak has pledged to charge NHS patients £10 if they miss appointments.
In an interview with the Telegraph, the aspiring Prime Minister pledged to introduce a £10 fine for missed GP and hospital appointments as part of a “transformative” shake-up of the NHS if elected.
Mr Sunak said it was “not right” that patients were failing to turn up for consultations, scans and check-ups, “taking those slots away from people who need [them]”.
Patients would be granted “the benefit of the doubt” for the first missed appointment, but subsequent missed appointments would result in a £10 charge.
He explained the system would be “temporary” as the NHS tries to clear its backlog.
Around 160,000 Conservative Party members will elect the new PM, with the results being announced on 5 September by Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbench MPs.
Do you support a £10 charge for missing appointments?
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No 35%, 76 votes
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Not solving fundamental and long-term issues.
The NHS Confederation has suggested that unfairly “penalising” would not solve the problem and suggested the administrative cost would outweigh the benefit. Director of Policy Dr Layla McCay, explained: “it is important to recognise that the reasons patients do not or cannot attend their appointments will be complex.
“Penalising them unfairly will not solve the problem and working with local communities to address the root causes is essential. The administrative burden this would place on the NHS risks being considerable and could well far outweigh the money brought in by the fines.
Dr McCay added, “This proposal will also not solve the fundamental and long-term issues the NHS is currently grappling with.
“These include health service staffing levels with vacancies which now stand at 105,000 as well as the impact of spiralling inflation costs on the NHS, and the ongoing pressures being felt across the whole system including in social care.”