The weeping and moping start again, until Peter is rescued by Rachel, a thoughtful hotel clerk who invites him to a luau and to hang out.
There are 40 million more consultations in general practice today than there were even five years ago, and GPs are routinely working 11-hour days and seeing between 40 and 60 patients in a day.
The crisis in general practice is so severe that at least 27 million patients will have to wait more than a week to see a GP this year and 84 per cent of GPs are worried that their workloads are so high that they might miss something serious in a patient.
To suggest that GPs are causing delays in diagnosis by not efficiently using the right blood tests is simplistic and does a great disservice to our profession.
It is an insult to hard-working and hard-pressed GPs.
It was boffo, a bit over-the-top, a tad muddled, a mix of character study, revelation, and farce.
And, as things unfolded, by dint of pacing and sheer comic/character acting power, I came to really care about the characters; and I loved it! Here's a way of looking at it: FSM was sort of like Shakespearean romantic farce.
A “name and shame” strategy is likely to decrease the threshold for referral and result in other parts of the NHS being swamped.
This will ultimately lead to delays in patients receiving treatment and worse outcomes.
We are calling on all four governments in the United Kingdom to increase funding for general practice to 11 per cent from 8.3 per cent of the NHS budget, so that we can provide more GPs, more appointments and longer appointments.