If we want to stop our A&E departments falling apart, our local GPs must radically change their surgery hours.
At least one local practice does not have an afternoon/evening surgery. Appointments must be made three weeks in advance so it means taking pot luck at an open surgery, where you can wait for hours to see a doctor.
Result: Ringing the out-ofhours numher and being directed to either the hospital out-of-hours doctor or A&E.
People are taking the easy way out - who can blame them.