I have been told by a constituenty – who had a small medical issue with one of his eyes – that if you ring at the weekend or in the evening for a doctor you are put through to 111 NHS Direct. And if they think there is something even slightly worrying about your condition they tell you to go to the nearest A and E.
Not happy to waste a Saturday afternoon sitting in Casualty he went to a chemist who rang the local eye emergency department and was told to buy some ointment.
Who knew that there are no on-call doctors any more. I certainly didn’t. Little wonder that we keep hearing of problems and over-crowding at A and E departments.