THE NHS is in crisis and with a third of GPs in the UK planning to retire in the next five years, things can only get worse. GPs say high stress levels, unmanageable workloads and too little time with patients is the reason for them retiring early. If you thought trying to get an appointment with a GP was difficult now, you will wonder what you were moaning about in the future. It’s likely that you’ll have recovered before they can fit you in.
Kevan Blackadder is a media consultant who runs Blackadder Media Limited. Kevan was previously editor of the Gloucestershire Echo and assistant editor of the Bristol Post. A Cumbrian who moved to the South West “for a couple of years” in the 1980s, he can’t quite believe he’s been there ever since.