Surprise over A&E charges

WHEN I collected my prescription recently there was a letter from the practice attached.

It explained that if I needed to attend the A & E at the hospital a charge would be made to the practice.

Also if it meant that I had to be admitted overnight the charge to the practice would be £1,057.

In view of these charges the letter asked that if possible a visit to the nurse at the practice should be the first option.

I know that there are certain things like blood tests if done at the hospital are charged back to the practice but I always thought that the hospital was totally separate from the doctors’ surgeries.

If all A & E visits and overnight stays are charged back to the various surgeries in the town how on earth is the hospital overspent?

It again makes one wonder who are the people running our hospital and their ability to do so.

J R WATSON

Broad Road