As revealed exclusively by GP last September, the government is considering charging practices every time one of their patients visits A&E because they cannot get an appointment with their GP.
But in response to reports this week, Dr Buckman said it was ‘not a workable idea'.
‘It would not be an incentive, it would be a punishment and work as a disincentive to work in areas with high A&E use,' he said.
Liberal Democrat shadow health secretary Norman Lamb added that the government ‘seems to be reintroducing out-of-hours responsibilities by the back door'.
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