LMCs consider charging patients for late opening

Charging patients for routine care outside core hours is a proposal to be discussed at this month’s LMCs conference.

LMCs consider charging patients for late openings
LMCs consider charging patients for late openings

A motion on the second day of the conference in London on 15 June calls for no change to the definition of in-hours work.

The debate follows reports that the prime minister-in-waiting, Gordon Brown, was considering using pay stripped from opted-out GPs to offer incentives to other providers to deliver improved out-of-hours services and fund longer practice opening hours (GPC ready to challenge Brown out-of-hours - GP, 18 May).

An 82-page document featuring 770 motions that could be debated at the conference was published last week.


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