£20 charge for out-of-hours consultation

GPs are suggesting that patients should pay up to £20 to see their doctor in the evening or at the weekend.

This motion is to be proposed at a British Medical Association (BMA) local medical committee conference this month. The charge would only apply to routine appointments and not emergencies.

The motion states that 'Resources for routine care outside core hours should be partially or wholly provided by a fee charged to the patient.'

Dr Andrew Green, a GP from Hedon in Yorkshire, and one of the BMA conference organisers, said that people who needed an evening appointment could afford to pay.

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