Whilst politicians argue about who can spend most on health, and since they are trying to provide a “quick solution” in too much of a hurry, there are wise heads in the profession who could be listened to. Unfortunately nobody who is voting for Brexit trusts anyone, which includes politicians, lawyers, and all and every expert. The fact that waiting times in A&E are the “Worst ever” only matters to those who have to use A&E. (We don’t have one as ours has been predesignated as “Emergency and Urgent Care” centre, which presumably excludes accidents and trauma…. Nobody locally knows this yet! Is A&E more important than General Practice? GPs have more experience than those who see you in A&E. The long term rationing of medical school places is to blame…
HEALING THE NHS
Sir, It may sound promising to hear Jonathan Ashworth pledging £1 billion more per year to train GPs under a Labour government (“Invest to stop people becoming ill in first place”, Nov 13), while the Conservative Party has also pledged to increase GP appointments (“Tories vow to cut waits with 50m more GP appointments”, Nov 9), but in reality, neither of these commitments will deliver more doctors for the NHS. It’s all very well to increase GP training places, but in exchange, which specialties will we train fewer of — physicians, psychiatrists or emergency medicine doctors? All of them have their own shortages.
We need a commitment from the next government to double the number of medical students so that when it comes to increasing the number of GPs, nurses and other medical professionals, there exists a sufficient workforce to do so.
Professor Andrew Goddard
President, Royal College of Physicians