With regards to weekend reports of a looming staffing crisis, the basis of the iconic status of the NHS was a parent’s expectation that a trusted GP would respond to a frantic call in the middle of the night about a desperately sick child.
Sadly, in the UK’s worst pay settlement, the Labour government allowed GPs to bin evening and weekend work for a mere 6 per cent cut in income.
The Scottish Government rightly calls for “all necessary mechanisms” to fill the gaps and, hopefully, that will include options not yet explored for purely ideological reasons.
But the real problem is one of moral failure within the profession itself, which exploited government incompetence and placed patients and the NHS in peril.
Dr John Cameron
St Andrews, Fife