Is your doctor also the mayor of your village too ? Surely a GP’s job is, or should be, a fulltime profession and as such their only thoughts should be to support the health of the patients in their community not to run for their mayor.
Our doctor, one of three in the practice, is the mayor too and so was our last doctor from whom I changed because, based on personal experience, I felt that his mind and commitment was not on his patients.
Our new doctor is at his surgery three mornings a week when he commits himself to afternoon home visits and two afternoons at the surgery when he commits himself to morning visits. I know his afternoon surgery often doesn’t finish until after 9pm because we have been there at that time. However, that’s his choice which he could organise better, if he was not committed to other community work at other times during the week.
Recently when I called him during one of his afternoon surgeries to ask for a home visit to my disabled, diabetic, wheelchair bound husband, he stated categorically that he would not be able to visit that day and may be able to come after his morning surgery the next day ! I accepted his ‘invitation’ to a visit after his morning surgery the next day.
We have never called him out before but when my husband gets ill, he has no physical strength and I can’t lift him myself to get him to a surgery. Consequently as the day went on I was becoming worried about his condition, particularly when he was becoming delirious and I called 15 and a locum arrived at 11.30pm.
Thankfully he diagnosed a skin infection (he had a red mass across his face which was starting to extend across his head) and gave me an ordinance for antibiotics then he wanted to charge me £103. Fortunately I did not have that sort of cash in the house and I was waiting for a new cheque book to arrive which had been on order for 2 weeks – he put the Carte Vitale card into his machine, tapped in something and told me it was OK, nothing to pay ! My husband is 100% ALD but just for anything connected to the reason for his disablement.
As my first paragraph indicates, I disapprove of lack of commitment by doctors who put themselves up for ‘mayorship’ and have to organise their surgery hours and home visits accordingly.
Anyone else agree and have similar experiences and views ?