Grantham Journal letter: There is an acute GP shortage

Accident and Emergency at Grantham Hospital
Accident and Emergency at Grantham Hospital

The letter in the Journal (February 3) about having GPs do a session in A&E has a big flaw in it, that there is an acute shortage of GPs in Grantham.

A lot of surgeries are now using nurse practioners to make up the shortfall.

This is one of the problems that’s causing the backlog at A&E - people can’t get to see their GP so they go to A&E to get treatment.

Theresa ‘Maggie’ May wants to force GPs to work 12-hour days, seven days a week. She obviously has never been in a doctors’ surgery, seeing one person every 10 minutes, up to 50-plus each day – each one with a different complaint, some with minor complaints, others that need to be treated at our over-worked hospital.

Everyone knows what the problem is, that the reduction of beds available is causing bottlenecks.

If the Government wasn’t so keen on employing people on over-inflated salary in management, a lot of these problems would not have occurred. Until we get rid of the self-egoed health trusts and the excessive amount of committees, this problem will never go away.

A. Leeton

Harrowby Lane,

Grantham