This means that if you have two illnesses, you have to make two appointments and wait in the waiting room for each ailment.
This could be a problem for people who work — especially those who work for themselves, and more particularly, men; statistics show that men are less likely to visit the GP surgery than women.
I know men who work for themselves, who don’t want to bother the GP with “trifling” complaints, and who stock up ailments until matters reach the tipping point. In short, they visit the GP when they have collected a sufficient number of problems.
This is time management. It is cost-effective for both the NHS and the patient.
But all that has changed. For each thing, patients now have to make a unique appointment, which lasts a maximum of ten minutes.
It used to be that a mother could visit the GP, discuss her baby’s problems, and have a personal issue raised at the same visit – while she’s sat there. This is no longer the case.
Things are definitely getting worse.