Charging practices for inappropriate A&E use 'unworkable'

Charging practices every time their patients make inappropriate trips to A&E is unworkable, according to GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman.

Laurence Buckman
Laurence Buckman

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'.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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