Doc­tors de­serve some time off

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, - Ian Allen ( let­ters, Jan­uary 11) cas­ti­gates GPs for only con­sult­ing be­tween 8am and 6pm five days a week and en­joy­ing long week­ends over the fes­tive pe­riod, and im­plies that they should be avail­able 24 hours a day, 52 weeks of the year.

Is Mr Allen avail­able to work these hours in his cho­sen pro­fes­sion?

I doubt it, and I know of no one else who is.

Doc­tors, like ev­ery­one else, are en­ti­tled to a fam­ily life with time off to en­joy it.

If we go back to the days when they were on call 24 hours a day the cur­rent re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion lev­els will be­come un­ten­able and in many prac­tices this has al­ready be­come the case.

Even if they had been on duty over the fes­tive pe­riod, the ma­jor­ity of flu vic­tims would have been told to go home and have a hot drink , with se­ri­ous cases be­ing re­ferred to hospi­tal, which A&E de­part­ments did any­way.

In­ci­den­tally, a five-day week work­ing 8am to 6pm comes to 50 hours.

Ge­orge Dob­bie. 51 Air­lie Street, Alyth.

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