I think I missed a point...
But I thought I already had a ID number that NHS uses?
Anyone lacking a National Insurance number? Is it missing from any medical notes?
Why do we need another?
Wife's a nurse.
Doctors tend to shirk responsibilities and pass the buck an awful lot. In any other career a lot of these "professionals" would be facing disaplinaries or the sack for gross misconduct. Since there is a culture of protecting the doctors they don't seen to get any comeback.
There are a few doctors that are respectful, but it is sad that these doctors are notable for being the exception. By respectful I mean not elbowing others off a phone (my wife was informing a family that their grandmother died), snatching equipment while in use (nurse was treating a patient, F1 wanted to answer her leads question), consultant publicly belittling a HCA for calling him in (patient crashed later that night)... etc.
Something is wrong with the current culture of the NHS.