NHS doctor posts video after numerous patients fail to turn up for appointments

Frustrated social media users have called for patients to be fined if they miss NHS appointments after a medic lamented waiting through five no-shows.

Dr Punam Krishan posted a video of herself twirling a pen as she waited for patients to arrive for their appointments on Christmas Eve. 

Five people had failed to attend bookings they made at the Glasgow practice that morning alone. 

Dr Punam Krishan, from Glasgow, waited through five 'did not attend' appointments at a practice on Christmas Eve 

Dr Punam Krishan, from Glasgow, waited through five 'did not attend' appointments at a practice on Christmas Eve 

Dr Punam Krishan, from Glasgow, waited through five ‘did not attend’ appointments at a practice on Christmas Eve 

She said: ‘Waiting patiently for patients that failed to turn up for the appointments they booked this morning – five so far!!!’

The video, which has so-far been viewed more than 180,000 times, has now led to calls for patients to be fined if they skip their NHS consultations. 

One Twitter user, Lisa, said: ‘They should be fined. £5 – £10. For each failed [appointment]. Maybe then they’d learn to respect the NHS.’

Sandra said: ‘Honestly i think if patients dont have a viable reason for not turning up to their [appointments] they should be fined for misuse.’

She said: 'Waiting patiently for patients that failed to turn up for the appointments they booked this morning - five so far!!!'

She said: 'Waiting patiently for patients that failed to turn up for the appointments they booked this morning - five so far!!!'

She said: ‘Waiting patiently for patients that failed to turn up for the appointments they booked this morning – five so far!!!’

Another commenter, Steven, suggested a fee of £20 should be paid for each booking – with exceptions for the elderly.

He said: ‘Easy to solve. £20 paid as a fee for each appointment upon booking. 

‘Pensioners are free.’  

Her tweet led to calls from social media users for patients to be fined if they don't show up for booked appointments

Her tweet led to calls from social media users for patients to be fined if they don't show up for booked appointments

Her tweet led to calls from social media users for patients to be fined if they don’t show up for booked appointments

Others lamented how difficult it often is to book a doctors appointment in the first place. 

Caroline Haig said: ‘And so many people will have been told they can’t get an appointment until January, when they could have had these ones.’

Gary White added: ‘Maybe they died waiting for an appointment. Mine is a two week wait to see my own GP.’  

Karen Russell said NHS appointments should cost the patient a fee - which is then refunded if they attend

Karen Russell said NHS appointments should cost the patient a fee - which is then refunded if they attend

Karen Russell said NHS appointments should cost the patient a fee – which is then refunded if they attend

But Dr Krishan, who is also an honorary clinical lecturer at the University of Glasgow, is far from the only medic to have experienced no-shows.

Marian Weadick said: ‘I work in a GP surgery and it’s about 50 patients a week that fail to attend. That’s 50 people who could be seen earlier.’

Asif Munaf, who appeared in Dragons Den, said he had five ‘did not attend’ appointments at his pediatric sports injury clinic on Friday alone. 

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