Yesterday I had an appointment with my G P at our local Medical Centre. I am always impressed by their efficiency and by the pleasant atmosphere - all the staff make you feel welcome.
But sitting there in the Waiting Room and looking around at the other people waiting I decided I would not wish to be a G P. Any really interesting work is passed on the Consultants in the appropriate field, and I suspect that they gather far more criticism than praise.
But the real thing that put me off was how most of those waiting to be seen seemed to have taken no care at all over their appearance. One very large man was wearing shorts and trainers without socks (and the trainers were not even laced up). Nobody was smartly dressed and quite a few folk looked unwashed.
If I am going to see the doctor I always shower before I go and put on clean clothes - I think we owe it to them to be as clean and tidy as possible. If we don't it is tantamount to going to the dentist without cleaning one's teeth.
In fact when I got home I sat and thought about the experience and could not think of a single plus in taking on the GP's job for life. Seems to me it is a lot of responsibility for very little reward. Do you feel the same?