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Trip to doctor's surgery shows we are nowhere near the promised one-stop healthcare service

letter of the day: Stormont's legacy

Recently, I had recourse to visit my local health centre, which is located over 30 miles from a major hospital, in order to try to see my GP. I noticed, on arriving, that a window had been broken in the waiting-room area, which was boarded-up. This did not give me a good impression.

On the morning I visited, I assumed they had the usual walk-in arrangement. Alas, the receptionist informed me the GP that day was only taking emergency appointments. When I asked to book an appointment, I was given the excuse that it was impossible due to the reception's computer not working.

After all the many healthcare reviews Northern Ireland has undergone, including the Compton Transforming Your Care (TYC) review in 2011, which promised vast improvements in rural healthcare provision and that we would all have state-of-the-art, one-stop-shop healthcare, it now looks like we were all deceived by the incompetent band of politicians and civil servants we appear to be lumbered with here, who consistently waste taxpayers' money on hair-brained schemes, which deliver nothing to patients. We have, in fact, ended up in Northern Ireland with Third World, closed-shop healthcare.

An acquaintance of mine informed me recently that he had to visit three different hospitals for a major cardiac procedure, including a blood transfusion.

Clearly, this is not the joined-up, connected healthcare we had expected. This form of healthcare only increases patient stress and blood pressure.

The sooner Stormont is mothballed for good the better. Patients deserve better healthcare than their grandparents had 100 years ago.

MARTIN ELLINGHAM

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