£10 fine if you mss GP or hospital appointment.
Can’t see that ever being possible since millions are owed to the NHS by health tourists getting their ops here and clearing off back home without paying. I can’t see WHY we can’t get on top of this because most other countries do. Every week there is an appeal to help with a Brit abroad who has met with an accident or given birth prematurely and the hospital is insisting they must pay up.
Then there are the patients with memory problems or dementia, people with learning difficulties who might get confused and missed the appointment.
There are also often serious traffic delays or accidents en route to hospital. We recently left home two hours before a hospital appointment 25 miles away. We met with roadworks, an accident, a closed road and lengthy detour and got to the hospital to find no parking spaces. It was hubby’s appt so I suggested he went in and I would drive around until a space came free. He got in just as the nurse was calling his name.
Sometimes it really isn’t your fault.