Healing the sick can never be a 9-to-5 job

Healing the sick can never be a 9-to-5 job | UPDATED: 00:07 GMT, 19 December 2012 Panic-stricken messages from a healthcare firm, pleading with doctors to volunteer for evening cover… a 13-year-old with acute shortness of breath, kept waiting seven hours to see a GP… The mother of a sick child, told that her nearest open surgery is 90 minutes’ drive away… only one advanced nurse practitioner on duty to assess the seriousness of out-of-hours calls from an area covering 3million patients… God help anyone in Britain today who has the misfortune to fall ill at a time that doesn’t suit the family doctor. Sworn duty: GPs have been the first to complain about poor service from their stand-ins