I was at Stv Vincent Hospital when I saw my GP in Stirlingshire.
We’d both had the same problem – the doctors weren’t able to see me for two weeks after my surgery.
So we booked the ticket, and I took my time checking the online forms, hoping to be eligible for the free hospital stay.
When I got to the ticket office, I was shocked to see the receptionist standing there and she looked at me, then asked me to confirm that I had a GP’s card.
That’s when I realised what I’d just experienced.
The receptionist then told me that I was required to sign the form and fill in a form for a GP appointment.
I was also told I would need to show a photograph of myself.
I did, but I couldn’t show a picture of my face.
I said I didn’t have one, but that I’d got one of my friends to take a picture for me, so I told the receptionista that I could take it.
I then left, with the reception staff asking if I had any bags or bags of cash.
So I gave them my wallet and a few more notes from my credit card.
They then told us that if we did not have the cash with us, we would be arrested.
So, what’s the problem with people getting hospital stays without GP’s cards?
I thought that I would be able to get the hospital to see that I’m sick and needed hospital treatment.
I couldn`t help but think about the many people who are in need of hospital treatment but can’t afford it.
But, it turns out that there are many other patients who are getting hospital care without a GP card, because they’re not registered.
When we were visiting our GP, they told us they didn’t know about it.
When the NHS says they’re doing things the right way, people should be able a GP visit, even if they don’t have a card.
But when it’s done in a way that isn’t ethical, the NHS can’t say they are doing it in the right, ethical way.
If I had been given a GP`s card, I would have been able to go to the hospital without any problems.
I can`t imagine being treated in that way.
I’m not sure how much more I can take, as I`m not able to drive, or take the bus or the train, or even use public transport.
But I can be assured that I’ll never be arrested for having a GP, even though I am in a hospital.
If you would like to read more about the case, you can read my full article on this site.
But what about the other patients, who might have been treated with the same doctor, but without a card?
I’m not aware of any cases of this happening in the UK.
It’s worth mentioning that the NHS has admitted that it is unable to do enough to help those with a GP and a GP with a card in the case of people with complex health needs.
I understand that the government wants to reduce the burden of these unnecessary hospital stays, and has been encouraging more people to have their GP’s checkups performed outside of hospital.
But we also know that many people are reluctant to have a GP because of the cost, because the cost of a GP checkup can add up.
More: The NHS has acknowledged that it needs to do more to reduce unnecessary hospitalisations for complex health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and cancer.