The prime minister’s announcement this week of seven-day services is being met with cynicism by many in the NHS.
GPs will tell you that they are perplexed as to how they are supposed to provide this service when they can’t even provide enough appointments during a standard working day.
The promise of thousands of new GPs not only ignores the fact that the pressures of being a GP are putting medical graduates off joining the profession, but also that it takes a good eight to 10 years to train.
Practically, its not possible to pull so many GPs out of the hat.
Despite all this, the prime minster talks of more care in primary care, more access, initiatives and ideas – ignoring the workforce crisis, a funding disaster and the committed GPs facing burn out.