Letters, calls and emails: Supermarket jabs causing me pain

Dear Editor

One of my patients recently bought his influenza vaccine in a local supermarket.

He did not fit the criteria for NHS provision and the LMC has advised us that we are prohibited from providing this service privately.

He was left with no choice but to pay for an 'off the shelf' service, situated somewhere between the meat counter and the alcoholic drinks department. Apparently this provision of primary care is a favoured model with the present government.

Unfortunately, three days later he had a possible adverse effect from his treatment. Did he return to the supermarket for advice? Of course not. He booked a 'same-day' appointment with me and asked for my expert opinion. He did the same last year, when he became ill after eating an under-cooked meat pie - possibly from the same supermarket.

I half-considered sending him back to the supermarket to exercise his consumer rights, but I apologised for the fact that the government had prevented me from providing him with a complete medical service.

Things are only going to get worse if Lord Darzi has his way. Of course he probably doesn't realise that I also have to cope with patients who have been let down by surgeons.

Dr Nick Brown, Chippenham, Wiltshire.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Just published

GP appointment

General practice delivered 342m appointments in 2022 - and lost nearly 500 GPs

General practice in England delivered around 342m appointments in total in 2022 with...

NHS sign

Local GPs unite to take over two practices run by hospital trust

GPs in Swindon have come together to take over two practices that had spent more...

Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: Why are junior doctors preparing to strike?

Talking General Practice speaks to BMA GP trainee committee chair Dr David Smith...

Money

Practices face losing out on QOF income amid soaring demand

GP practices risk losing out on QOF income this year because sky-high demand for...

Nurse giving older man a COVID-19 vaccine

JCVI recommends targeted COVID-19 vaccination programme in 2023

People at higher risk of severe COVID-19 should be offered a booster vaccination...

Health and social care secretary Steve Barclay leaving number 10 Downing Street

Government sets out plans for 'major conditions' health strategy

The government is to set out a strategy to tackle six 'major' health conditions in...