According to a radio broadcaster, “NHS hoarders” could be stopped “by limiting them to 12 appointments each year.”

According to a radio broadcaster, “NHS hoarders” could be stopped “by limiting them to 12 appointments each year.”

Nick Ferrari proposes charging between £50 and £60 for appointments not taken.

On his LBC breakfast programme, the broadcaster explained his plan: ‘NHS treatment is currently under decline, whether in hospitals, clinics or your GP, due to Covid.'

‘We need extreme action. And today I suggest you all get 12 appointments every year.' That's one a month. Then you'll be charged.'

Mr Ferrari said exceptions might be granted for ‘extremely critical instances' like cancer, which require more care.

I've got a bump on my bottom, an earache, and I'm not feeling well enough to go to work.'

‘You will get one free per month, after which you will be charged between £50 and £60.'
Those who miss appointments should be fined £100 and lose three consultations, unless they call ahead with a valid justification.

In response, several people on social media said the NHS should be given more money to remedy the problems.

One dad stated his disabled daughter had to see a doctor 15 times this year and asked why she should be punished.

Mr Ferrari was speaking after University of Manchester researchers found that ‘frequent attenders', or patients who visit clinics frequently, take up a considerable share of GPs' labour.

The study classified frequent attendees as patients who saw their GP more than 90% of the time.
The study looked at almost 160 million consultation events from 12.3 million individuals in 845 general practises between 2000 and 2019.

‘This is the first study to indicate that frequent attenders, the top 10% of consultants, have largely and gradually grown workload in general practises across the UK over the last 20 years,' said co-author Professor Evan Kontopantelis.

However, the number of face-to-face appointments for frequent attendees increased, according to the study published in BMJ Open.

In addition, co-author Professor Aneez Esmail stated that “our data suggest that frequent attenders account for a growing proportion of GP visits and are responsible for approximately 40% of visits over time.”

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