Doctors across Sheffield are threatening to strike patients off the register if they fail to show up to their appointments.
The move comes after a new survey revealed thousands of Sheffield patients racked up DNAs (did not attends) in this year’s first quarter.
Between January and March this year, 5,600 out of 90,000 appointments were missed at GP clinics across the city.
This year’s no shows equate to 6,700 hours of lost time for GPs and more than 2,200 hours of lost time for nurses and healthcare assistants.
With the average appointment estimated to cost £30, no shows have left the NHS almost £168,000 out of pocket.
The statistics were revealed as part of a new city-wide campaign launched today to crack down on no shows.