A survey suggesting some GPs are in favour of charging patients for appointments in a move to cut time-wasting has been attacked by the NHS Confederation. Published in The Times, the survey was conducted by the doctors'website Medix-UK and attracted some 900 respondents. But it has provoked an angry reaction from the NHS Confederation's chief executive, Stephen Thornton. He said: 'Doctors should have regard to the evidence before diagnosing the ills of the NHS and prescribing treatment for its cure. 'He added: 'Much of the money raised would be spent on collecting it. It would be a bureaucratic nightmare. We would witness the spectacle of the NHS taking poor, chronically sick people to court to recover costs. '