Missed GP appointments costing NHS millions
More than 15m general practice appointments are wasted each year because patients do not turn up and fail to warn surgeries that they will not be attending, according to figures from NHS England.
There are around 307m sessions scheduled with GPs, nurses, therapists and other practice staff every year and 5% – one in 20 – are missed without enough notice to invite other patients. That works out as around 15.4m missed slots.
Of these, around 7.2m are with GPs, the equivalent of 1.2m GP hours or 600 GPs working full time for a year.
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