A BARNSLEY MP is campaigning for doctors to stop using 'rip-off' phone numbers which, he says, can cost patients 40p a minute to call their GP. John Healey says nearly a third of practices in Barnsley are still using higher rate 0845 and 0844 numbers - which can cost up to 40p per minute if calling from a mobile and 12p per minute – plus a set up fee of up to 13p – if calling from a landline not provided by BT. He said: “It is costing patients more to access what should be an open NHS service. Telecoms companies and some GPs are profiting at the expense of patients. “When families are finding money is tight and everyone is trying to cut costs no one should be paying over the odds to get in touch with their doctor.” John said that research from the government said that patients should not be charged more to call their doctor than to call a local rate. But although they were ordered to scrap them by April 2011, hundreds have not done so. The MP wants evidence from locals to put in his report - please comment below if you know what you have paid.