The last time I lurched into A&E, carrying a prostrate child who turned out not to have meningitis, I was amazed to see other children playing merrily with the hospital toys.
As some of their parents didn’t speak much English, I wondered if maybe they weren’t registered with a GP.
Soon afterwards a local friend admitted that she often takes her daughter to the same London teaching hospital. She says the care is much more reliable at A&E than at her GP surgery. Plus, as she casually put it, she can get her child’s ear infection treated by a top doctor at 7am and not be late to the office…….
CC is correct. The standard of access has fallen since the new contract. There are unlimited demands for health, limited resources and no disincentive to make a claim and at a time to suit the patient. (Who is meant to be at the centre of the Health Service) Solving this problem needs a new debate on the philosophy of the service – led by politicians. Aneurin Bevan would not be proud of our continuing failure to do this. And yes, I did do well financially out of the “new contract” – see comment from before