If this is the kind of thing that the new NHS will bring in – Doctors in Rugby paid £30 to cancel appointments (Cov Telegraph), then how can anyone defend the government Bill?
I had a hernia which was picked up a couple of years ago. My GP was reluctant to refer me to the hospital. When the consultant took a quick look he booked surgery straight away. This is why I am not sure that giving GPs (or companies hired by commissioning groups set up by GPs) control over most of the NHS is really a good idea.