Published on 7 January 2016
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Director Andrew Haldenby appeared on Sky News to debate the issue of whether patients should be charged for GP appointments. He argued that GP charges should be considered as a possible method to raise revenue for the NHS. He pointed out that England is an exception among the majority of developed countries for not charging for GP appointments, and the British public is already used to paying charges in some areas, for example, dentistry and some prescriptions.
He also highlights an important point that if charges were to be implemented there would be huge exemptions in place for poorer families, ensuring only those who are able to afford to pay charges would do so. It is projected that implementing GP charges would generate hundreds of millions of pounds in revenue for the NHS.