Jason Manford, 40, took to Twitter on Monday to pen an angry rant targeted at his local NHS GP service after failing to secure an appointment.
The comedian shuts down his system, which calls for local residents at 8 a.m. to join a virtual queue for a slot.
His comments sparked a flurry of reactions from fans and some accused him of ‘GP bashing’ and insisted he should not criticize medical workers.
‘How workable is this system?!’ Jason Manford has been accused of ‘GP bashing’ after an angry Twitter rant about his failed attempt to secure a doctor’s appointment on Monday
Indignant: A Greater Manchester resident shuts down his system, which calls for local residents at eight in the morning to join a virtual queue for a slot.
Unhappy with the first-come-first-served approach, the multi-millionaire pronounced ‘this country’ after the angry face emoji.
‘Tried to book an urgent GP appointment for a scan (not for me) but you didn’t get one! All you have to do is ring up every morning at 8 and hope to get one! [confused emoji].’
‘How workable is this system?!’ He concluded.
Fans immediately started filling up the comments section with their thoughts on the TV personality’s announcement.
Angry: Unhappy with first-come-first-served approach, millionaire says ‘this country’ after angry face emoji
‘It works fine at my GP. Call on the day you are sick or in need. Your call goes through triage with a nurse,’ a follower began.
‘You get the treatment you need. Whether it is GP, nurse or hospital etc. has been sent. works fine.’
However, Jason didn’t have it, he simply replied, ‘Unfortunately not here.’
Controversial: Fans immediately started flooding the comments section with their thoughts on the TV personality’s announcement
Another shouted, ‘Confused by the demand and expectation to have an appointment on the day?
‘I would never have expected a same day appointment (unless urgent) let alone during one before a pandemic? Please go into surgery one day now to understand how it actually works.’
8 out of 10 The CAT team captain replied, ‘I don’t necessarily want a same day appointment, but when they are not accepting appointments for the next fortnight and your only option is to get someone to get a cancer scan. Call daily at 8 am. ‘You can feel great ***** from all this.’
Controversy: ‘Please don’t add to GP bashing. They are working as hard as they can with fewer GPs, more patients and less £,’ wrote one fan
A third wrote, ‘No appointments because we don’t have enough GPs and other primary care staff.
‘They don’t want to do this job because of comments like this and your followers and thousands of others jumping on this bandwagon. Yeah it is. They know this. They want..’
Another typed: ‘It’s not a workable system, it’s broken. The NHS is heavily resourced and under staffed. Too much work is done and little recognized for what GPs do.
‘Please don’t add to GP bashing. They are working as hard as they can with fewer GPs, more patients and less £.’
One final commenter said, ‘But GPs don’t do scans in surgery! If it’s urgent, go to A&E. You are the type of PT GP receptionists would hate.’
‘Thanks for your medical expertise,’ the presenter replied, followed by a rolling eyes emoji.
During the COVID pandemic, Jason revealed that he was volunteering to take local people to a vaccine center so they could get the jab.
Jason shared a photo from his car, which was parked outside the vaccination center, proving that he is still doing his bit for the nationwide effort.
The star didn’t hold back from taking a swipe at anti-vaxxers who have claimed, among other theories, that the vaccine was being used to ‘chip’ people for surveillance.
He wrote: ‘Busy day at the vaccination center here in Heald Green today. Already took 3 people and got 3 more to do!
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