Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Patience needed to see GP

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I recently had occasion to call my doctor in the evening and found that my surgery does not operate out of hours working.

I eventually got a doctor who advised me to visit my GP next morning, a Saturday.

On going to the surgery on Saturday I discovered the place was closed and, on inquiring later, I found that the doctors do not work at weekends, do not attend calls out of hours, nor work on Wednesday afternoon.

In fact, they work about a four-and-a-half-day week.

The Government has conceded these concessions to the profession and at the same time they were awarded rises which bring the salaries of many GPs to over £100,000 per annum.

Recently, I read that doctors had been awarded a further 9% rise in salary. In addition, they received millions to upgrade and improve their premises.

If anyone else wished to carry out improvements to their premises they would have to pay themselves. Clearly, this is a case of overpaid and under worked.

Doctors Do Little, Dunmurry

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