£10 fine for not being admitted to hospital: report

Rishi Sunak has pledged fines for patients who miss appointments to GPs and hospital as part of a shake-up of the NHS.

The former chancellor said those who failed to appear for appointments were “taking those slots away from those who need to”. [them],

To deliver on his promise, the candidate for the Tory leadership said he would begin by fining patients who do not give sufficient notice to miss their appointment.

A first-time offender will be given the benefit of the doubt, but thereafter will be charged £10 for missed appointments.

Speaking to The Telegraph about the appointments, Mr. Sunak said: “If they’re not being used, it’s a waste. So if we can replace it, we’ll basically get more out of that money.” What we’re putting in today. . It’s a good example of the conservative approach to that problem.”

However, this system will only be temporary until the NHS is able to clear the Covid backlog, which has seen millions of patients overdue for care.

According to NHS England, more than 15 million GP appointments go to waste every year.

However, so far doctors have resisted the idea of ​​fines for patients who miss appointments, out of concern that it could scare people off.

Mr. Sunak faces his rival, Liz Truss, in a battle to become the new prime minister.

The two contenders will now face each other at 12 Tory Hastings debates across the country, which can be viewed on the party’s website, starting on 28 July in Leeds and ending on 31 August in London.

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Both candidates have agreed to appear in the debate on Sky News on August 4, with more TV broadcasts likely in the coming weeks. Although the whole process doesn’t end until early September, many of the estimated 160,000 Tory members who have to decide on the next prime minister could make up their mind very quickly.

As ballots begin to land at Tory members’ doors on August 1, the party will ask paid-up supporters to expect between August 1 and 5.

Meanwhile, Sunak said on Sunday that racism is not a factor in the Conservative Party membership’s decision to vote for the next party leader and successor to Johnson.

“I don’t think it’s a factor in anyone’s decision. I don’t think it’s right,” Sunak told The Daily Telegraph in an interview.

“I was elected as Member of Parliament in Richmond … Our members put merit above everything else. I am sure that when they are considering this question, they are finding out that the Prime Minister Who is the best person to be… gender, ethnicity and everything else will have nothing to do with it,” said the Tory MP from Richmond, Yorkshire.

“It wasn’t that long ago, the commentary was that I wouldn’t even be a part of this contest,” he said, a reference to his wife Akshata Murthy’s attacks on the tax situation on their Infosys shares.

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