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Blaise Tapp.
Blaise Tapp.
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Do you ever get the impression that somebody is taking the proverbial?

If the answer is yes and you are prone to experiencing a nagging, continuous sensation of having the Michael extracted from your person then it could be that you are a doctor.

Not a group that often elicits the sympathies of the general public, doctors are fast becoming the most overburdened profession in 21st Century Britain.

This may seem like an odd assertion to make if you are someone who has waited three weeks to see any GP about an irregular bowel movement or regularly engage in the seemingly futile exercise of ringing your local surgery at 8.30am in order to get an emergency appointment only to be tersely informed the next appointment is a week on Friday.

But we live in worrying times, an age of Value for Money when every single penny must be harder earned than it was five years ago.

It was not long since that doctors were viewed by a sizeable minority to be onto a cushy number due to their generous salaries and rigid working hours.

Now, in an attempt to ‘rebalance’ the NHS doctors have been hit with a raft of proposed changes designed to show the public that we really are still all in this together.

It seems that as well as the standard pressures of curing patients of every day ills on top of spotting potentially life threatening illnesses, they are now expected to do the jobs of the police and community workers.

The Prime Minister has dusted off his long standing promise that under a future Conservative Government doctors will work far more flexible hours and the pressure is also being increased for them to spot conditions such as dementia.

Fair rights for doctors is a cause that is unlikely to catch on but the vast majority of GPs do a job that should be applauded. The problem is that in times of a contracting health budget the demands on these valued members of society is in danger of becoming unrealistic.