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To think the GP surgeries should be open today?

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Sparklingbrook Fri 29-Mar-13 08:27:13

Why are they shut? And Monday for that matter? We have 4 days of being at the mercy of OOH now.

JudithOfThePascha Fri 29-Mar-13 09:05:21

I don't think GPs need to be open today. They don't provide an emergency service - that's what A&E/OOH care is all about.

I think that more people/businesses should observe bank holidays, tbh.

Theas18 Fri 29-Mar-13 09:05:40

You don't begrudge gps holidays but theyshould be open good Friday and Easter Monday?

Sorry that's totally contradictory!

I'm with yellowdinasaur doctors are not a 24 hrs pizza delivery service, Thoth many people treat ooh and walk in centre like this-feel free to use those but don't expect the same service you get from"your"gp.

Btw even gp was open the support infra structure is not, so unless you put £££ in to make sure the hospitals were fully open (blood tests need transporting and processing, x rays doing etc) and the community services running properly (district nurse,OT Physio) etc etc you'd end up with a service that was only able to tell you to come back next week any way!

Sparklingbrook Fri 29-Mar-13 09:05:46

Yes Good Friday is odd. There are threads today asking if banks are open/post offices are open. I Imagine it's Sunday opening hours but don't know?

ImagineJL Fri 29-Mar-13 09:06:22

The vast majority of hospital staff will be off. They will be operating an on-call service, so no routine outpatients clinics or operations, just emergencies. The staff on duty will be doing it as part of their on-call rota.

GPs did the same until a few years ago. They took turns to be on duty for bank holidays. Then the government decided that they would get a cheaper but equally good service from paramedics and locum doctors, hence the evolution of Out-of-Hours as we now know it.

JudithOfThePascha Fri 29-Mar-13 09:07:08

Exactly what yellow dinosaur said.

Especially the bit about you not giving any reasonable argument as to why GPs should be working today.

Sparklingbrook Fri 29-Mar-13 09:07:29

Wishing they were open doesn't equate to begrudging them holiday Theas. Well that's not what I meant anyway. I have said that.

Sparklingbrook Fri 29-Mar-13 09:08:07

I didn't want an argument. <sigh> But that's AIBU for you.

weegiemum Fri 29-Mar-13 09:10:52

In some areas (my dh is a rural GP), its the local doctors on a rota providing ooh, hence my dh doing Sunday/Monday but off today and tomorrow. He didn't do either Christmas or New Year, it's his turn.

YellowDinosaur Fri 29-Mar-13 09:11:42

Cross posted...

I wouldn't use the gp as an emergency service because that would be a bit bonkers

So actually you want your gp to run a normal regular surgery where they have to pay staff enhanced pay on 2 bank holidays. Why? Ooh and a&e are there. The gp surgery will just be full of normal regular non emergency /urgent patients who booked for regular appointments Weeks ago because it was more convenient for them being off work. So you'd still have to use a&e if you needed an urgent appointment as your gp wouldn't have any.

So what is the actual point of this thread?

myBOYSareBONKERS Fri 29-Mar-13 09:12:15

I personally think they should be open. They are there to deliver a service and by being shut they are not fulfilling that. Even if they only open for short hours.

I also think they should have longer surgery times during the week to take into account those that work.

We all have had to "move with the times" in regards to changes in our own jobs so they should too.

Also out-of hours GP can be completely swamped and the over spill then hits A&E.

I am a Nurse and have had many changes with my own terms and conditions of work but ultimately we knew what we were getting into when we joined this profession - its not like the hours are not well documented!!

Sparklingbrook Fri 29-Mar-13 09:12:46

I expect OOH varies greatly. I have never seen a GP I know out of hours. I don't know why that is, but I think the area covered is quite wide. The OOH clinic is at the County Hospital.

iliketea Fri 29-Mar-13 09:13:05

District nurses do work as normal on bank holidays (it tends to be quieter though as many other community services are not working / run a reduced service, so not so many referrals as a normal working week).

JudithOfThePascha Fri 29-Mar-13 09:14:02

Why are people asking if banks are open today? Today is a bank holiday.

Good Friday is not odd. It is a Christian festival that, in this country (and others) is marked by a bank holiday. Like Christmas, it is actually a festival celebrated my many who are not Christian, but it is no more odd than Christmas.

Perhaps you should google Good Friday so you are a bit less ignorant about it?

YellowDinosaur Fri 29-Mar-13 09:15:57

I don't want an argument either. I'm disagreeing with you. Which i'm allowed to do. If you can't cope with people disagreeing with you then this is probably the wrong place for your post.

Sparklingbrook Fri 29-Mar-13 09:16:13

I didn't mean Good Friday was odd Judith. smile I meant the opening/not opening stuff was odd. I am not ignorant about Good Friday. sad Blimey.

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 29-Mar-13 09:16:28

I feel sorry for our bin men. They are working both Friday and Monday. I dont understand why they arent entitled to the same rights as many of us. Do you think they are allowed time off to go to a Good Friday service if they are Christian?

dreamingbohemian Fri 29-Mar-13 09:19:26

I see what you're saying OP.

Really it's more the question of: if important services like GPs have the days off, why do so many other people have to work?

Where I live in France -- decent sized town of 300K -- nearly everything is shut on bank holidays.

It seems less weird because nearly everything is shut on Sundays anyways.

XBenedict Fri 29-Mar-13 09:19:50

Today (and Xmas day) is a public holiday - recognised as a holiday long before bank holidays were introduced.

It's not just the gps that would be working though is it? It's the receptionists, nurses, HCAs, office staff etc etc. They are not an emergency service, there is emergency service available. I don't see the issue.

Sparklingbrook Fri 29-Mar-13 09:20:05

Yes, our bin men are working today too.

Sparklingbrook Fri 29-Mar-13 09:22:20

Thanks dreaming that's what I meant although maybe adding the OOH thing makes it sound like I am very angry.

Why is some stuff open and some not? Why not close everything?

XBenedict Fri 29-Mar-13 09:23:50

Yes the French have a very different approach to holiday and Sundays - I quite admire them for it. We used to years ago but we've moved into this 7 day a week consumerism time.

FigSolution Fri 29-Mar-13 09:26:03

MyBoysarebonkers, if you want primary health care health services available 24/7 and 365 days a year then you are going to have to pay for it. Tax increases... OK good luck with that


Why not go and see a private GP? The private GPs here will charge you about £100 + vat for a standard consultation. Double or treble that for a bank holiday.

Bunbaker Fri 29-Mar-13 09:26:39

"I don't understand the split of what is open and what isn't."

Because when I was a child bank holidays were sacrosanct and nothing was open on Good Friday or Easter Monday - or on Sundays either. Greedy Commercial enterprises have seen an opportunity and trading laws have changed so they don't miss and opportunity to make money these days.

When I first moved to Yorkshire in 1980 I was horrified to be asked to work on Good Friday because down south no-one did.

hhhhhhh Fri 29-Mar-13 09:27:07

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Sparklingbrook Fri 29-Mar-13 09:28:50

Re the bin men it's not even country wide then? Some are some aren't?

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