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GP locum reliance caused half a million overspend in one area


Sceptic you should visit Shetland.... the Gilbert Bain hospital is only hours away from the furthest islands, most of the population are no more than an hour away, and just under half the population live around the main town in Lerwick where the hospital is ..... and the helicopter can be scrambled if necessary. People who live on islands across the world accept this as one of the drawbacks when they make their decision where to live. There are still a number of GPs in Shetland, very approachable and supportive from my recollection. Long winter nights... yes the northern lights are truly awful.... and I suppose the very long summer days are just as bad. You forgot to mention ridiculously low crimes rates, low pollution and lack of traffic jams.....or the fact the schools are amongst the highest scoring in the country, or the facilities of the numerous leisure centres. That said their geographical distance does make it hard to recruit for them, but as a location, there is generally a high quality of life there and good social support. Most people leave their doors unlocked and frequently their keys in the car. Now compare that to Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham......I lost my wallet in Shetland... got it back, all the cash was still there.... wonderful people! I hear a story that one of their anaesthetists found herself swimming with an Orca... doubt you'd do that in the Thames.....

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