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Former Health Minister Sajid Javid is urging wealthier patients to pay a “modest” fee to visit the emergency room or GP

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FORMER Health Minister Sajid Javid has urged wealthier patients to pay a “modest” fee to see the emergency room or their GP.

The high-profile Tory MP, 53, said making Brits pay to visit emergency rooms in hospitals was “vital” to the survival of the NHS.

Mr Javid’s radical plans would also result in wealthier patients coughing to see their local GP.

The Bromsgrove MP told the Times last night he wanted to start a “hard-line conversation” about the future of health care, warning that its core principles “cannot last much longer without reform”.

The ex-cabinet minister, who is set to step down as MP at the next election, also called on Health Secretary Steve Barclay to extend the “contribution principle” – with wealthier health patients being asked to contribute with a “modest” health fee.

He previously proposed, during his brief Conservative leadership campaign last July, that patients should be fined for missing doctor’s appointments.

Mr Javid was appointed health secretary in June 2021 but resigned after urging then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign.

It is understood PM Rishi Sunak is not “currently” attempting to implement Javid’s proposal.

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