Half of GPs want to fine patients for not showing up to their appointments, a survey has found.
They want to impose charges of £10 a time to teach patients to take more responsibility for their actions.
Around 17 million appointments are missed a year – around 0.5 per cent of the 340 million consultations which take place annually.
Two years ago Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt called for patients to be fined to encourage them to take ‘personal responsibility’ for wasting time.
This latest survey of 821 GPs by Pulse magazine found that 51 per cent backed the fines.