£10 For Missed Welsh NHS Appointments?

10 July 2015, 17:44

Hospital scene

The Welsh Conservatives want to bring in a ten pound fine for anyone who keeps missing NHS hospital appointments.

They're calling those patients who do irresponsible unless they have valid reason.

Figures shared with CAPITAL by the party show more than a million people over the last three years have missed an appointment, costing the Welsh NHS 180 million pounds.

Leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew RT Davies says ...

"We can't go on like this, fining serial offenders will stamp out this practice that is costing the NHS valuable resources.

We are spending more than sixty million pounds a year on missed appointments which could go on frontline services "

But not everyone agrees with the idea - Dr Rebecca Payne from the Royal College of GPs says...

"We know missed appointments are a massive problem but this just isn't the answer.

People are busy and punishing them for that isn't the way forward...things that work are text and letter reminders. "

The Welsh Conservatives claim the problem of missed appointments is getting worse year after year

We've spoken to the Welsh Government and they say the idea of fining people just isn't practical.

The Weeknd & Zara Larsson Wireless Line-up

Check Out The Line Up For Wireless 2017 - Including Newly Announced Special Guests!

Leigh-Anne Pinnock joins Snapchat

80+ Of The Best Popstars You Should Have On Snapchat

Capital Metadata - Capital App March 2017

Want To Control The Music On Capital? Now You Can With Our New App - My Capital!