In the above headlined report we read:
Scotland’s GPs are “firefighting” to catch up with the huge backlog in non-Covid care caused by the pandemic, it has been claimed. Health service providers across the country have been warning that they are being stretched to the limit. Three hospitals were placed on “code black” status last week, having reached capacity due to a rise in Covid cases. GPs say they are now facing even greater strain as more patients turn to their local surgeries for support.
So in a piece about pressure on GPs, the second and third out of four sentences with supposed evidence, are not about GPs at all.
Who are these GPs, plural?
Well actually, it’s just one part-timer:
Glasgow GP Dr Punam Krishan told BBC Radio Scotland’s Sunday Show there had been “no stop, no break, no respite” for exhausted healthcare workers. She said: “We’ve been trying to manage, as best we can, all non-Covid care. We are playing catch-up while trying to support our patients with all the new issues of long Covid and mental health.
Dr Krishan is self-employed, media pundit, newspaper columnist, social media enthusiast, a ‘a portfolio sessional GP whilst specialising in Lifestyle Medicine’ who, I’d argue can have little time for core GP-type activity. She is, of course, a regular on BBC Scotland platforms. Do they have her number, we wonder? We all do now.
WTF is a ‘portfolio sessional GP’? Can I have a real one please?
Thanks to reader Jim:
Krishan is the wife of Tory MSP, and John Beattie chum, Dr Sandesh Gulhane:
Seriously, I know it’s all too familiar from them, but BBC Scotland really need a good talking too. We’re paying for this pure nonsense and some old folk are thinking now that they better not bother that nice Ms Krishan.