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The proposal for NHS charges has received a substantial amount of media coverage. In a recent Reform publication, research has found that £10 charge for GP consultations could raise an additional £1.2billion each year. Though controversial, the charges could generate much needed revenue for the NHS. As a result NHS patients could benefit from stronger health and care services.
These proposals have been detailed and debated on television, radio and printed media throughout May.
BBC Daily Politics: Charging to see a GP, 19 May
Reform‘s Research Director Thomas Cawston recently featured on BBC2’s Daily Politics show. In a debate with DR Maureen Baker CBE, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
BBC Radio Northamptonshire
The case for the benefits of NHS charges is put forward in an interview with Reform Researcher, Cathy Corrie. Coverage at 1 hour, 5 minutes.
The Daily Telegraph: Thomas Cawston comments on GP charging
Thomas Cawston is quoted in The Daily Telegraph make the case for GP charges arguing “All options need to be on the table to raise additional revenue for the NHS and fund greater access for patients.”
The Huffington Post: The Case for GP Charges
In a blog that counters the controversy behind the proposals Cathy Corrie explains how the charges could generate much needed revenue for the NHS.
The Daily Telegraph: GPs to vote on charges for visits to surgery
Andrew Haldenby, Director of Reform, is quoted on the use of GP charges in European countries: “Of course it seems almost like an unthinkable move, but in the current circumstances it is reasonable to think the unthinkable.”
Further information on Reform‘s proposals on NHS charges can be found in the recent publication – The cost of our health: the role of charging in healthcare.