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Bank Holiday closures

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Why super surgeries?

The supermarkets and most shops don’t close over the Bank holiday weekend, the police service doesn’t shut down, the fire brigades carry on working, the newspapers still publish, the hospitals are open, so why is that some the larger super surgeries in the NHS closed yesterday evening and don’t re-open until Tuesday?

I was at my local surgery in South Shields a few days ago to request a repeat prescription of essential medicines for myself and was quite happy to be told that they would be available in about 48 hours, but lo and behold, when I returned this morning to collect I found that the surgery is closed until Tuesday. It would have been nice to have been warned about it on Wednesday when I was last there. Besides, there are about a dozen GPs working there and heaven knows how many other administrative and support staff, it beggars belief in this modern age that somehow they couldn’t schedule enough staff to maintain even a small service on a Saturday (they are normally open on a Saturday morning).

I think we’d all be justifiably upset if the supermarkets decided to close today, or if the TV stations decided to shut down for the weekend.

Just another small factor that should be included in any sensible debate about the modernisation of the NHS, especially as most of our politicians seem to think that pouring money into it ad infinitum is the answer to all of our ails.

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Written by curly

August 29, 2009 at 10:43 am

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  1. It’s a bank holiday for god sake, is it not time that people had bank holidays off, can we really not live without shops being open. Doctors and staff should have holiday OK the Police have to work firemen, but could you not have ordered the drugs a day early.

    Phew what a world we live in so long as we are seen to we need everything, I’m old enough to remember shop closed on a Sunday every Sunday nothing opened Sunday was a day of rest for people now it’s just a normal day.


    August 30, 2009 at 9:37 am

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