“But if you constantly come along and say, ‘I’ve got a bump on my bottom’ or, ‘I’ve got earache’ or, I don’t know, ‘I don’t feel well, I don’t think I can go to work’, whatever it might be – the myriad of complaints that confront those poor men and women, the army of GPs – you’ll effectively get one a month free, after which you’ll be charged somewhere in the order [of] probably about £50-60,” he said.
The fee wouldn’t be means-tested, Mr Ferrari added, and if an individual doesn’t attend an appointment, it would count towards three of the 12 appointments and the individual would be slapped with a £100 fine.
“Unless you call and say, ‘I’m stuck in traffic’ or whatever, ‘I had a cheese and wine party at Number 10 and I just can’t get away ‘cause we’re all in suits’, then you will be permitted, but if you don’t, you’ll be fined £100 and you’ll go down to nine a year.
“That’s my plan,” he concluded.
Except, to many people on Twitter, it wasn’t a very good one: