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UK NHS Crisis: Former Health Secretary Asks People To Pay For GP Visits

The NHS staff has been striking since December 2022 over the NHS pay dispute. According to NHS Support Federation, NHS has been underfunded for the last decade. Amidst all the strikes, a Former Tory Health Secretary - Sajid Javid has called the current NHS funding model unsustainable and has asked people to pay for General Practitioners (GP) visits. 

Sajid Javid wrote an article in The Times. In this article, he has asked to have a grown-up conversation regarding the required changes in the National Health Services (NHS). in this article, he also warned that “too often the appreciation for the NHS has become a religious fervour and a barrier to reform”.

The former health secretary suggests that people need to pay £20 for GP visits and £66 to go to A&E. he says that this way, the government will be able to solve the NHS funding crisis. 

He wrote, “Ireland’s 75 euro fee for visiting A&E without a referral, and the £20 cost of seeing a GP in Norway and Sweden, could be a possible model for England to follow.“This conversation will not be easy, but it can help the NHS ration its finite supply more effectively.” 

As of now, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is not considering this suggestion - says The Times based on the update from Downing Street. Along with this, Scottish National Party’s Health Spokesperson said, “Scottish Government is absolutely committed to the founding principle that our NHS is free at the point of use - and the SNP will always defend that principle.”


Meanwhile, there were also some reports that suggested NHS leaders have a “secret plan’’ to charge wealthy patients. But the First Minister of Scotland - Nicola Sturgeon dismissed all these reports and said that they have no plans to charge anyone for healthcare.

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