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.
Here’s a future problem that will doubtless be kicked down the road until it becomes a crisis. There’s a whole generation who may never be able to afford to buy their own homes.