Main Content

“2020health is an important and thoughtful contributor to the health debate”

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee


2020health press release NHS should fine time-wasting patients

2020health announces the launch of a report into whether or not the NHS should fine time-wasting patients.

Patients who make avoidable trips to accident and emergency departments or skip medical appointments ought to be fined, says a think-tank.

2020Health, which has close links with health policy makers, is to release a radical report within months arguing the case for levying patient penalties and charges.

It is demanding an overhaul of National Health Service funding and will also argue that common painkillers and cold remedies should no longer be available on the NHS and that patients are encouraged to pay for the best treatment.

Julia Manning, chief executive of 2020Health, said: “The demands on healthcare are rising every day and too many people are still treating the NHS like it’s a bottomless pit.

“We need to deter those who abuse the system and encourage people to look after themselves more through self-care and information.” The report found patients who consult their GPs rather than going to a chemist for treatment are costing the NHS £380million a year.

2020Health will send copies of its publication to key politicians including health secretary Andrew Lansley.

A Department of Health spokesperson said: “We believe in an NHS that is free at the point of use, based on need and not on ability to pay.

“Our reforms are built upon this principle and will deliver better care for NHS patients.”

Read more visit