General Practitioners: Attendance

Department of Health written question – answered on 18th September 2017.

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Photo of Iain Stewart Iain Stewart Conservative, Milton Keynes South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review the sanctions available to GP practices against patients who repeatedly do not attend appointments.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The National Health Service Constitution states that patients are responsible for keeping appointments or cancelling them within a reasonable time. At present there are no sanctions available for general practitioner practices to manage repeated failure to attend appointments. There are no plans at present to review this.

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