How will anyone know if GPs go on strike?

GPs are threatening to go on strike. They want a 30% pay rise, a three day week – working nine to five with a one hour lunch break. That’s a 21 hour week.

But for years now many GPs have been refusing to see patients at all – staying at home and only speaking to patients on the phone or via computer.

The vast majority of GPs already refuse to visit patients in their homes (they claim it’s a waste of their valuable time) and they won’t see patients outside their working hours. There is no service at night, at weekends or on bank holidays.

Unbelievably, GPs claim that they are overworked. But the truth is that it’s because of lazy GPs that hospitals and the ambulance service can’t cope.

So, the question is: if GPs do go on strike – how the hell will anyone know? The service they are supposed to provide couldn’t be much worse than it already is.

Vernon Coleman’s new book NHS: What’s wrong and how to put it right is available as a paperback on Amazon. His book How to stop your doctor killing you is available as a paperback and an eBook.