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    How do we punish people who miss GP appointments (without a reasonable excuse)?

    Some say fines are unfair.

    What do you think?
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    Banned from GP :yes:

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    Smack their bottom
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    I think we should immediately force them on to the organ donor list and fast forward their donation to the day of committing the crime
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    My GP practise policy is that if you miss 2 appointments you're banned
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    (Original post by epic within)
    My GP practise policy is that if you miss 2 appointments you're banned
    I see why, but I think that's harsh why do people miss appointments? Sometimes they can't be bothered - but often they are scared, anxious, forgetful, and if anything most in need of seeing the GP
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    (Original post by Lady Comstock)
    How do we punish people who miss GP appointments (without a reasonable excuse)?

    Some say fines are unfair.

    What do you think?
    We don't. It would be nigh on impossible to do without penalising people who have a reason for missing their appointment. For example, an elderly lady in the early stages of dementia forgetting her appointment. Punishing her would be unfair.

    It would detract from the actual function of GP appointments. A doctor is there to help people. If they start getting involved in punishments for people, it may put some people off going to their doctor because their interest will not be exclusively helping people.

    It also raises questions about patient confidentiality. A doctor may know the reason for a missed appointment, but may be unwilling to put it on a form because the patient requested that he/ she doesn't tell anyone.

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    Jab them with a cocktail of ebola and black plague in a jab. They'll learn *shakes fist*
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    (Original post by epic within)
    My GP practise policy is that if you miss 2 appointments you're banned
    What about someone who has a genuine reason for missing appointments such as dementia? They shouldn't be banned from going to the gp because of a symptoms of their illness.

    There could be negative consequences for people with complex health needs. They need to see the doctor more often and if you have more appointments you are more likely to forget to go to one. Withdrawing care could have very negative effects for that individual.

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    (Original post by Katty3)
    What about someone who has a genuine reason for missing appointments such as dementia? They shouldn't be banned from going to the gp because of a symptoms of their illness.

    There could be negative consequences for people with complex health needs. They need to see the doctor more often and if you have more appointments you are more likely to forget to go to one. Withdrawing care could have very negative effects for that individual.

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    If you call them in advance and inform them you wouldn't get banned, but if you don't say anything you will get banned and you will have to use another practise.
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    (Original post by Ezme39)
    I see why, but I think that's harsh why do people miss appointments? Sometimes they can't be bothered - but often they are scared, anxious, forgetful, and if anything most in need of seeing the GP
    You would only get banned if you don't inform them in advance
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    LOL this is actually a thing here? wow
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    (Original post by epic within)
    My GP practise policy is that if you miss 2 appointments you're banned
    Mine do this too.

    Maybe we need to look at why people miss appointments. I once supposedly an appointment. The appointment was actually a phone call I did indeed have with a GP. Oh, and then there was the one with the midwife. The one that couldn't have been mine because I can't have children. I only knew about the latter because I received a text the previous day and then a phone call that morning. Needless to say, I was rather upset. It turns out it was someone else with the same initials.
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    Instead of punishing people why don't we try and find out why people are missing appointments? Why don't we look into ways of getting people to appointments if they're struggling to get in, or not remembering? Why does the answer to everything have to be punishing people?
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    As GP's are often private i say that we should let them decide like any other firm.
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    Gather all those that miss their GP appointments and make them fight in gladiatorial combat to the death, the winners get to make another appointment, and a free mug.
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    (Original post by epic within)
    If you call them in advance and inform them you wouldn't get banned, but if you don't say anything you will get banned and you will have to use another practise.
    What about someone with dementia? They may frequently forget appointments. They can't call in advance because they don't know that they've forgotten something.

    It seems very unfair to ban someone from using a service because of a health condition that means that they forget about appointments.

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    (Original post by Katty3)
    What about someone with dementia? They may frequently forget appointments. They can't call in advance because they don't know that they've forgotten something.

    It seems very unfair to ban someone from using a service because of a health condition that means that they forget about appointments.

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    If your dementia is that bad, then surely you'd have someone helping you with things like appointments?
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    (Original post by moonkatt)
    Instead of punishing people why don't we try and find out why people are missing appointments? Why don't we look into ways of getting people to appointments if they're struggling to get in, or not remembering? Why does the answer to everything have to be punishing people?
    Without punishing, people still going to miss appointments it costs £162m and missed hospital appointments cost £750m. If you put a fine for every missed appointment people may start to think twice before intentionally missing them.
    We shouldn't be punishing people who have valid reasons to miss appointments, but those who don't should face fines. Theres no excuse, everybody has a phone and they can a set a reminder.
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    My GP surgery sends me texts a few days before my appointment and the evening before as well. It really helps me remember. I know it's just a simple thing that might not work for everyone but still I find it useful as I have lots of different appointments with different professionals and I get a bit mixed up sometimes.
 
 
 
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