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Unattended GP appointments cost NHS £185m

1 September, 2000

Ten million patients fail to attend their GP appointments each year at a cost of more than £185 million to the NHS.

These figures come from the Doctor-Patient Partnership, a branch of the British Medical Association, who conducted a survey of 1,000 GP practices.

Their results show that 18 appointments per GP, and 8 per nurse, are missed each week, at a cost of £18 per appointment.

The chairman of the Doctor-Patient Partnership, Dr Fradd told The Independent newspaper.

"The message is simple - keep the appointment or cancel it. Taking responsibility in this way will help ease the strain on an overburdened system. It is vital that people are more aware of the impact this has on valuable surgery time."