Why does it take a week to get a blood test now?

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Further to Tony Martin’s letter regarding getting a doctor’s appointment, I haven’t had this problem.

However, having seen the doctor, if one needs to have a blood test done, there is now a week’s wait.

At one time one could leave the doctor’s surgery with the request form and walk down to the Johnson Hospital, wait for 20 minutes and have the blood taken.

Now we have to ring up and are given a date and time plus a booking number we are assured will be needed but for which I have never been asked.

I wonder if this new system is another example of the administration setting arbitrary waiting times because it makes their life easier.

A G Taylor

Bath Lane