Long wait for appointment

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I made an appointment to see my doctor in Houghton.

Any doctor will do I said.

The best they could do was an appointment in 13 days time.

If I was booking my car in for a service I would have gone elsewhere.

I’m not aware of a massive influx of patients to this practice or any epidemic of illness.

The doctor shortage in Sunderland is well known but could it be that the problem is being widened by more and more GP’s electing to work part-time?

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