She had visited the same GP six times since the beginning of the year, either for herself or her two children, paying the same amount for each consultation. She then was in hospital for an operation, of which her GP was aware, and needed the cert to cover a week’s recovery at home.
“I rang the secretary in the practice who told me to come up and collect the cert. There was no mention of money on the phone, so I was pretty shocked to be asked for €50 when I got there,” says Lyons. “When I challenged her, she just shrugged her shoulders and said they weren’t a free service.” click to continue