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Ridikzappa 10:09 Mon Dec 9
The Joys of Getting a Doctor Appointment
We don’t have wait lines at my GP surgery anymore.

They cunningly solved this issue by no longer taking booked appointments.

It’s a brilliant system now, here’s how it works:

Everyone has to phone the surgery at 8.30am and we get put in a call queue and hope we are far enough up in the line on hold that our call gets answered by the receptionist before all the appointments for that day are allocated.

Should you be lucky enough to get an appointment there is none of that inconvenience of an appointment with your own GP, no it’s far better that you get an appointment with whichever random GP is available.

If you are unlucky then you just have to get up and go through it all again the following day as there is no such thing as booking an appointment in advance.

This is all such an improvement on the old system of phoning at your convenience, booking an appointment & seeing your own GP.

‘You can’t have open borders in a welfare state’ - Milton Friedman

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COOL HAND LUKE 9:17 Mon Dec 9
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Many of the GP surgeries are now privately owned. That is, a few 'partners' get the benefit of the provided 'funds' and spend their time ensuring that as little as possible of it is paid out or used.
Hence, instead of 6 / 8 / 10 salaried GPs sat waiting for your visit every day, there are likely to be 3 / 4 / 5 of them. Therefore, when you phone for an appointment, they are almost always gone, largely due to the fact that there were only half as many as there used to be previously anyway.

This is why you phone and cannot get to see a doctor, yet when you turn up for routine blood tests at 9.15 on a Monday morning (a time when GP surgeries were traditionally rammed to the rafters), there is almost nobody in the waiting rooms. And if you do happen to get in, then you often have the task of trying to bring a complete stranger up to speed with your medical history, by which time your ten minutes is up, and...

It is also, logically, why the local A&E and Walk In Centres ARE jam packed every day. It's a game of medical pass the parcel.

joe royal 8:50 Mon Dec 9
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My first thought of seeing that kid on the floor was why isn’t he on his parents lap?

Side of Ham 8:22 Mon Dec 9
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MYSTIC VEXED!

Vexed 8:16 Mon Dec 9
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I expect this situation will improve markedly now you fucking idiots made the country quite a lot poorer.

"But it said a big number on a bus!" Fuckwits.

BRANDED 7:34 Mon Dec 9
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NHS boss earning £300,000 a year claims back £149 parking ticket on expense

Quality work if you can get it.

Lato 6:06 Mon Dec 9
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Our NHS is a wonderful concept, trouble is it is so over subscribed and also severly underfunded. Over to you Boris.

Lee Trundle 5:59 Mon Dec 9
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Nice to see him take stock and give time to evaluate a picture that originated from the Daily Mirror, given their history.

BRANDED 5:54 Mon Dec 9
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During a TV interview, prime minister Boris Johnson refused to look at a picture of a four-year-old boy forced to lie on the floor in an NHS hospital, eventually taking the phone of a reporter attempting to show it to him and putting it in his pocket.

👍👍👍😂😂😂

riosleftsock 4:44 Mon Dec 9
Re: The Joys of Getting a Doctor Appointment
Idealogical austerity.

As laid out in the EU stability and growth pact (SGP), soon to be replaced with the Euro Plus Pact which has all the greatness of SGP plus harmonization of tax policies.

chim chim cha boo 4:43 Mon Dec 9
Re: The Joys of Getting a Doctor Appointment
Shut up you soapy cunt.

Eerie Descent 4:42 Mon Dec 9
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"My doctor of 20 years rang me a while ago as a courtesy"


Well, thanks for clearing up the real reason for the country's problems on that phone call.

At least we all now know.

Darby_ 4:38 Mon Dec 9
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Nurse will vote for the high immigration, NHS-underfunding Tories until the day she dies, and wonder why nothing ever changes.

BRANDED 4:37 Mon Dec 9
Re: The Joys of Getting a Doctor Appointment
I get text alerts from my doctors. I've got this nice app as well. Plus, the Tories give all our medical data to Amazon.

Fucking ace.

Nurse Ratched 4:34 Mon Dec 9
Re: The Joys of Getting a Doctor Appointment
*rolls eyes*

chim chim cha boo 4:31 Mon Dec 9
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My doctor of 20 years rang me a while ago as a courtesy to tell me he was retiring early as he couldn't take any more of 'the government's war with the NHS'.

10 years of ideological austerity means that virtually EVERYTHING is chronically underfunded from the police to the prison service to the NHS and the country certainly doesn't feel like the 5th richest in the world.

...and you silly cunts are going to vote for more of it.

BRANDED 4:09 Mon Dec 9
Re: The Joys of Getting a Doctor Appointment
Its just testable knowledge. Once you have it you weigh the odds a tiny bit in your favour for any bet on the future that you make.

riosleftsock 3:58 Mon Dec 9
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BRANDED 3:51 Mon Dec 9
Re: The Joys of Getting a Doctor Appointment

"How do you define science? "

I let Al Gore and a 16 year old Swede with autism and foetal alcohol syndrome do it for me. They know far more.

frank marker 3:57 Mon Dec 9
Re: The Joys of Getting a Doctor Appointment
You've got the health service you voted for last time.

Mike Oxsaw 3:56 Mon Dec 9
Re: The Joys of Getting a Doctor Appointment
First take some flowers...

BRANDED 3:51 Mon Dec 9
Re: The Joys of Getting a Doctor Appointment
How do you define science?

Nurse Ratched 3:47 Mon Dec 9
Re: The Joys of Getting a Doctor Appointment
You make a fair point, Yogi.

I just baulk at the idea of describing a sociology type degree as 'science'.

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