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Charging to see a GP: Maureen Baker and Thomas Cawston

19 May 2014 Last updated at 15:37 BST

Charging to see the doctor would "strengthen health inequalities" said Maureen Baker, who chairs the Royal College of GPs.

She said all practises have to be open from 08:00 to 18:30, and many already offer longer opening hours.

But Thomas Cawston from the centre-right think tank Reform, who has authored a report on charging, said "people want to see their family doctor at a time that suits them".

And he suggested people should consider using a pharmacist, getting information online and self-medication.

The pair debated on the Daily Politics, after presenter Jo Coburn heard from correspondent Hugh Schofield in Paris, where he explained how a form of GP charging is already established in France.

The charging issue is due to be debated at the British Medical Association conference later this month..

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