The Bradford Telegraph and Argus report:

More than 83,000 hospital appointments were missed by patients in the Bradford district last year, costing one NHS Trust more than £1 million, the Telegraph & Argus can reveal.

A Freedom of Information request by the T&A has shown that 70,430 people failed to turn up for appointments at Bradford Royal Infirmarywhile 12,871 appointments were missed at Airedale Hospital in 2012.

The BRI figures have risen dramatically from 2011 when there were 63,013 misses recorded – and despite the waste of time and resources there is no penalty system.

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