A common lament among old religious folk is that youngsters don’t subscribe to the faith with the same level of enthusiasm as previous generations. For instance:
Up to one in five patients are regularly missing GP appointments in Scotland, with younger people the worst offenders, new research has found.
A study of more than 500,000 people in the country, published in the journal The Lancet Public Health, shows young males are most likely to not attend.
Younger, male patients aged 16 to 30 were found to be the worst offenders.
Here’s what a local priest has to say:
Stockport GP Ranjit Gill believes there has been a shift in how the health service is seen by a younger “I want it now” generation.
“The NHS is now, for our younger population, seen as a consumer service, a bit like John Lewis and so perhaps valued differently to the way our older population see the NHS.
“I can’t think of the last time one of my older patients ever missed an appointment.”
Time for some fire and brimstone:
GP practices across the country are already implementing some successful schemes to reduce missed appointments, from text messaging reminders to better patient education and awareness posters detailing the unintended consequences of a patient not attending.
And appeals to the faithful to fill the coffers once again:
But ultimately, we need NHS England’s GP Forward View – promising £2.4bn extra a year for general practice and 5,000 more GPs – to be delivered in full and as a matter of urgency.
“And we need equivalent promises made and delivered in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, so that we can deliver the care our patients need, whatever their circumstances, and wherever in the country they live.
The answer to this ought to be simple: charge people a nominal fee when they book a doctor’s appointment. However, we might have better luck asking the Catholic Church to promote abortions.
(Note also that the article begins with the problem of patients missing appointments in Scotland, and ends with English GPs demanding the immediate delivery of an additional £2.4bn per year.)