GPs paid to treat 'ghost patients'
GPs are being paid millions of pounds to treat an estimated 2.5 million patients who do not exist.
Taxpayers are footing a bill of more than £162m every year to cover the fees given to the GP practices for having the "ghost" patients on their books. The figure was released by the Department of Health after an Audit Commission report identified more than 95,000 patients double-counted, died or wrongly listed for other reasons.
More than 34,000 were dead, with 157 dying before 1980 and one who died in 1969.
GPs are paid an average of £65 for each patient on their books.
Life & Style blogs
Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
Is Apple's iCloud safe after leak of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities' nude photos?
Reader dilemma: My wife only wants to have sex when she's drunk
Three quarters of the Ikea catalogue is CGI
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'
- 1 Al Pacino on suffering from depression: 'It can last and it's terrifying'
- 2 Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
- 3 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 4 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 5 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
£40000 - £50000 per annum + benefits+bonus+package: Harrington Starr: SQL Impl...
£45000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: SQL Technical ...
£85000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Head of IT (Windows, Server, VMware, SAN, ...
£55000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Lead C# Develo...