Rishi Sunak reneges on promise to fine patients £10 for skipping GP appointments | Politics news

    Patient confronts PM over nurse's pay

    The Prime Minister’s spokesman said Rishi Sunak would no longer honor his promise to charge people for missed GP appointments.

    A spokesman for Number 10 said “now is not the time to take this policy forward”.

    During the Conservative leadership contest this summer, Mr Sunak promised to introduce £10 fines for patients who miss appointments.

    The Prime Minister wants to deliver a stronger NHS and “the feeling remains that people should not miss appointments”, according to his spokesman.

    But they added: “We have listened to GPs and NHS chiefs and agreed that now is not the time to push this policy forward.”

    Mr Sunak visited Croydon University Hospital in south London on Friday where he was questioned about nurses’ pay.

    NHS staff, including nurses and porters, are currently voting to strike over real pay cuts.

    Research commissioned by the Royal College of Nursing found that they are work an extra day a week no longer pay.

    The data also suggests that their wages fell by 20% in real terms, taking into account the five-day week.

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    Patient confronts PM over nurses’ pay

    Prime Minister dodges salary question during hospital visit

    Dodging a question about nurses’ salaries, Mr Sunak said: “It’s great to be here at Croydon Hospital to see the great work the doctors and nurses are doing here.

    “One of my government’s priorities will be tackling the backlog of COVID and supporting the NHS.

    “We face a lot of challenges as a country, but I’m confident we can fix the economy and deliver on the promise of the 2019 manifesto, including a stronger NHS.”

    The Prime Minister also confronted a patient at the hospital who said “it’s a shame you don’t pay them more”.

    Mr. Sunak replied, “We’re trying,” to which the woman replied, “You need to try harder.”

    As chancellor, Mr Sunak brought in a 1.25% increase in national insurance to help fund the health and social care backlog from COVID.

    His predecessor, Liz Truss, overturned the measure amid pressure from the cost-of-living crisis.

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