|Hospital waiting room. (Thomas McDonald for The New York Times)|
The Derby Telegraph tells us :-
PROPOSALS to fine patients who fail to attend hospital and GP appointments are being discussed.
Their non-show locally is costing millions - money which is badly needed to run daily services at the city's hospitals.
But a leading Derbyshire doctor has said it should be a “last-resort” option for the NHS – as it could cost the system more to actually collect the cash.
Missed appointments have cost Derby’s hospitals about £3.7 million in the past year – with more than 42,000 people failing to cancel them between 2012 and 2013.
As one of the comments suggests, this possibly doesn't cost anyone anything, but merely reduces waiting times for those who turn up.