August 29, 2016

GP appointments – 10 minutes is not enough!

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:54 am by Aleksan

How times have changed! When I was young there was no NHS and there were fewer people. There was a GP in Stockbridge with an assistant, and a GP in Broughton. House visits were the norm, but you could also go to their house and wait to see him – (always a him!) There was no hurry and the GP knew you and your family – and he would sometimes have a cup of tea. There was often not much he could do, but our GP ocassionally prescribed a concoction “Aqua ex Tapa” This had colouring added to make it more magical. It was a good time to be a doctor and some lived in enormouis houses and drove big swanky cars. Of course he had to be paid….and many poorer people could not afford this. Some doctors waived the fee in serious cases, but many people refused charity and had no help. Now we have the NHS and everyone gets all they need free – and it is generally a pretty good service too. But 10 minutes GP appointment time per person? Not fair on her or her paitients. We need a solution fast.

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