NHS GPs want to be allowed to charge for more private services

The BMA’s GP committee in England is considering NHS GPs’ calls to allow them to charge patients for more private services.

Strong support for the move came from GPs around the country at their annual policy-making conference in London.  

The GP committee’s deputy chairwoman Dr Clare Bannon said: ‘The possibility of offering patients services privately that are not available on the NHS is something that is being explored.

‘However, it’s worth noting that there is limited evidence to suggest that offering paid-for services for routine NHS care can help to improve access.’