Abuses of NHS sys­tem could kill it for ever

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Char­lotte Jones

✒ THE cri­sis in our med­i­cal ser­vices across the board ap­pears to be en­demic.

I com­menced try­ing to make an ap­point­ment with my GP in mid April.

None avail­able un­til June which could not be booked as sched­ules were not cur­rently on the com­puter.

I fi­nally achieved my ob­jec­tive for mid June, but hardly a rea­son to feel ec­static.

The two ex­cep­tions are firstly, if it is a med­i­cal emer­gency, you have the luxury of be­ing seen.

This of course could mean that to­day’s mod­er­ate prob­lem could be­come to­mor­row’s emer­gency.

The other means is a tele­phone lot­tery at 12.30pm each day, when ap­point­ments are re­leased, and if you hit the jackpot , you can be booked in.

Un­for­tu­nately our GPS are at risk of be­com­ing an en­dan­gered species.

My sym­pa­thies how­ever are with GPS. The ic­ing on the cake , is learn­ing that my GP prac­tice had in ex­cess of ap­prox­i­mately 400 missed ap­point­ments in the last two months.

The out­stand­ing lack of re­spon­si­bil­ity, com­pla­cency and self­ish­ness of some peo­ple is be­yond be­lief.

Ap­par­ently na­tion­wide, more than 15 mil­lion GP ap­point­ments are wasted each year, which equates to an eye wa­ter­ing loss of £216 mil­lion.

Each ap­point­ment costs an av­er­age of £30. (source nhs.uk)

There are some in Gov­ern­ment, who through de­vi­ous routes are try­ing to pri­va­tise our NHS through the back door.

The NHS is free at the point of de­liv­ery, but if the sys­tem con­tin­ues to be bla­tantly abused there will be no de­liv­ery.

This could be the last straw that breaks the camel’s back, and the ex­ist­ing cri­sis will make our great NHS un­ten­able and we will lose it for­ever.

The ul­ti­mate hu­man cost of this of course, could be loss of life.

What a tragedy that would be

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