This is a fun game, if you have time to play.
I called doctors for a ‘phone consultation’ at 8.01am (as per the rules of this particular game).
After 45 minutes of engaged tone, I phoned our drop-in centre’for an appointment (drop-in, that’s a laugh).
They said call 111.
I called 111, they said call your doctor.
I said: “I’ve tried.”
They said: “Call the drop-in centre.”
I said: “I have, they said call you.”
After speaking to two somebodies, 111 said: “We’ve just booked you in at the drop-in centre.”
Off I went.
The drop-in centre said: “Why have you come here? You should have called 111.”
I said: “I did. They made an appointment to come here.”
Drop-in centre said: “You have to see a doctor or call 111.”
Eventually, after a deep and heated conversation, they got me an ‘emergency’ appointment to see a doctor.
Off I went next door –about three yards’ walk.
I sat in the reception for more than 40 minutes.
Eventually, a doctor calls the receptionist over.
She then tells me|: “The doctor says go to A & E.”
Is our NHS crumbling or is it being intentionally crumbled?