You need to keep shouting and protesting

Just received this comment to the Home Page, which I think is most eloquent:

‘I have been  married to my husband, a GP for 15 years. We live in Cambridgeshire with our three children. I cannot believe the way in which the profession is being treated, its terrible. I have watched a dedicated, excellent doctor slowly become more pressured, stressed and withdrawn due to the hassle that is being created by this government and their reforms. The hours are increasing to sometimes 90 hours per week, the nature of the job is changing and the finances are being withdrawn. I lecture and work in America at times and see the difficulties with the medical system there. The poor are discriminated against and now due to the recession even the more affluent of folk have stopped paying into health plans as they cannot afford it. They pray that they do not become sick! Is this what we want here in the UK because this is where we are heading. We have become so fed up with the NHS that we have decided to move to Canada in November. We have had enough of the battles and the stress. The NHS is losing a fantastic doctor in the prime of his career. We are one of many! You need to keep shouting and protesting because this government does not have a clue about the implications.’

One Response to You need to keep shouting and protesting

  1. Lucy says:

    I could have written this post myself!! I have seen my husband coming home later and later in the evenings, going into the surgery at weekends (all day) just to clear the paperwork. Income has dropped, work has increased and the patients aren’t getting better care for it – in fact this is when mistakes are made because the clinicians are overtired. The working time directive has been introduced to hospitals yet the government are wanting GPs providing consultations 24/7!
    General practice is one of the more efficient areas of the NHS because of the nature of how it is set up. The government seem set on destroying this and diluting the quality of patient care provided in primary care.

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