Dr Shaun Meehan proposes a government of national unity to get us through the next few years. Plus letters from Dr Jon Fenton, Nick Nuttgens, Dr Michael Peel, Peter Lowe, Patricia Morgan and Alan Stowell
Can I congratulate Gaby Hinsliff, as she really stood in a GP’s shoes, understood their problems, and suggested a treatment ahead (GPs have become the new fall guys for government failures, 15 October). In fact she behaved as our GPs do now, whether they “see” patients on email, phone, internet video or in person. I spent my last years as a GP running down corridors to see as many patients as possible. I spent my weekends “seeing” them on the internet. I retired to save my life. I am back helping because the Conservative government has so defunded and degraded general practice (intentionally) that without our retired NHS nurses and doctors returning, we would be in chaos instead of a crisis.
My remedy is simple. Lock the politicians in the Commons until they elect between them a government of national unity that can be trusted by all. Learn from mistakes, don’t hide them – that is called criminal negligence. About 160,000 civilians are dead so far – 70,000 civilians died in the second world war. How many more have to die on the altar of Conservative arrogance before the public demands that they resign and form a government of national unity to get us through the next few years?
Dr Shaun Meehan