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I would like to publicly express my thanks to Jeremy Hunt for his early Christmas present to me this year. Due to his misleading plethora of public statements the public no longer think they have 24 hour a day 7 days a week medical care and they think our surgery is closed in the pre-Christmas week.
It appears that young and old have been convinced, by inference of Jeremy’s many statements and interviews, that we must also close like schools and many other businesses. In fact my patients are quite frankly shocked that we are still open!
Incredibly I have had a job convincing some of them, who swear blind we are shut, to come in for an appointment!
This patient behaviour is something that has never happened before. In previous years we have been swamped beyond all hope of containing the capacity and brought to our knees with exhaustion come Christmas. This year, in this solitary week, I have seen what General Practice should be. I have been able to provide responsive good medical care to my patients and I have been able to catch up on all the regular work that is normally left to one side or keeps me here hours after close every night.
I realise it will be “business as usual” come the New Year and we will be swamped again. None the less can I just say thank you Jeremy for a more even paced pre-Christmas…I for one will be toasting your good health at Christmas lunch!
PS: Jeremy there are a couple of dates next year, perhaps around my birthday I was hoping you could quieten things down again. Would it be too much to ask you to spin another yarn to the public along similar lines to the current one?
Mark Bermingham is a GP in Staffordshire