£25 to visit the doctor as GPs threaten to quit NHS
An appointment at the doctors could soon cost £25 a time, as growing dissent amongst GPs could lead to many leaving the NHS.
Union officials have warned that the Government’s attempts to persuade doctors to work longer hours, into the evening and weekends, could lead to a mass walk out.
A leaked document from the British Medical Association has been obtained by medical magazine Pulse, which suggests that the average price for an appointment would be £25 if doctors choose to go private, and additional costs would be incurred for procedures and treatment.
Deputy editor of Pulse, Richard Hoey, told the Daily Mail, ‘The fact the BMA is prepared seriously to consider GPs quitting the NHS shows the degree of anger the Government has provoked with its threat to impose a tough new contract.’
The rumoured plans echo the situation that occurred with Britain’s dentists, when many left the NHS to go private in 2006 following contract disputes.