Petition urges ban of 08 numbers in NHS

Almost 12,000 people have signed a petition calling on the government to ban 08 telephone numbers from the health service.

Photograph: JH Lancy
Photograph: JH Lancy

Many practices use such numbers because they allow services such as call waiting. But campaigners argue that the numbers, which can cost up to 10p a minute to call, are an unreasonable charge on patients.

Now the petition is hosted on the 10 Downing Street website, calling on the prime minister to prevent practices and hospitals from using such numbers.

Guy Mayhew, who started the petition, says that practices should be banned from using the numbers, because they allow them to ‘make a profit.’

The petition is the most popular health related one currently hosted on the site. It will be open until November.

The DoH consultation on banning use of 084 numbers closed at the end of last month.

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