A gold standard psychological support service has burnt out after almost 25 years of supporting burnt-out GPs. The closure comes despite NHS chief executive Simon Stevens’s pledge to expand specialist practitioner pastoral support services.
We caught up with Colin, a long serving member of the department:
‘After supporting GPs for a quarter of a century we came to the inevitable conclusion that life is nothing more than a moronic rat race played out on a seemingly endless, porridge-coloured, wind-swept landscape filled with huge grim events and that everyone in it leads a life filled with futility, apathy and abject disappointment until they die. However, since discovering this we’ve also discovered vodka.’
A sign hanging on the chained doors of the once welcoming department, reads: ‘Life is shit and you will die’ whilst all the staff are down the local ordering double voddies and singing ’I’m loving angels instead’.
Dr Kevin Hinkley is a GP in Edinburgh