“It’s easier to get an audience with the Pope”

Jun 9, 2021 | Health, In the news

Tags: Doctors, GPs, NHS

When I was young and poorly, we’d pitch up at the surgery, sit in the waiting room for a while and see a doctor. If I was really poorly, the doctor would come and see me at home that morning. Yes, I know we’ve had Covid, and I know the population has increased, but when I ‘phone now, I have to go through the “why are you ‘phoning us, are you mad, don’t you know we’re really busy“ messages, to book a telephone appointment in 10 days to 2 weeks. If you can’t wait that long, dial 111 or 999. GPs blame the NHS and say the system is broken. Hospital consultant clients blame GPs and say the system is broken. The answer is probably somewhere in the middle.

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“Public sector borrowing hits highest level since 1960s”

“Public sector borrowing hits highest level since 1960s”

So what does this say for the 10 years of Pre-Pan, Pre-Boris austerity? Has it done any more than cut public services to the bone, with overstretched, privatised probation services losing track of murderers and 6 hour ambulance waits (87 year old client in December, before the strike, broken arm, not unusual)