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Concerns over health service.

THE overwhelming number of GPs throughout England and Wales are now expressing grave concerns regarding the time they are able to allocate to their patients as totally inadequate when visiting ward surgeries.

Up to 10 minutes on average is allotted to each patient, resulting in many medical problems not being picked up by our overworked doctors.

Politicians from all political parties have got to grasp the nettle and accept that an underfunded and under-staffed health service will continue to result in life-saving drugs and treatment not always being provided at the time of need This will inevitably result in escalating level of avoidable mortality rates - particularly affecting young children and elderly patients.

It's time our MPs spelled out to the nation that to retain our National Health Service - free to all UK citizens at the point of use - we must be prepared to pay more in direct taxation.

If this Government and all opposition MPs continues to bury their heads in the sand and do not accept we are currently funding a virtual "International Health Service", then we face "good health care" being the privilege of those that can afford to pay at the time of need.

KEN WALKER, Acklam

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 19, 2016
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