We are very short of doctors and it is costly remaining GMC registered and insured, let alone parking at surgeries or NHS hospitals.
The NHS does ? nothing to tap possible health clinicians of all categories and maybe people like myself would do better for society than being on parish committees and school governing boards.
As a volunteer myself, I wholeheartedly agree that anyone who gives of themselves to work voluntarily in the various parts of the NHS is to be commended and valued. However, it should not be forgotten that there are also thousands of people who provide guidance and support in the many charities throughout the UK. In particular those generally smaller charities responding to rare diseases. Whilst the NHS has recognised the need to have a rare disease strategy, for example, it has made no effort to contact those charities involved - or indeed ANY charities - as mentioned in the Five Year Forward plan. If the health service is to survive in the way it is envisaged, then the Government has to address this issue if it wants to achieve a truly person-centered approach.