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The Medical classes are revolting;

Casualty doctors say they must be paid double to work evenings and weekends. It follows concern that there are too few staff to cope with the soaring numbers turning up in A&E. But the demand drew an angry response from patients’ groups, one of which said: ‘It’s not a part-time business they’re working in, it’s a full-time job.’

Exactly. Being a casualty doctor is not a 9-5 job and I am surprised that some doctors appear to labour under the misapprehension that it is!!! It seems to me that they are seeking to turn a major crisis in the health service into an advantage to them! This is about financial greed and makes me wonder just what their calling really is for???

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  1. Wasn’t a recent alteration in doctors hours due to yet another EU ruling?

    Apart from that, folk tend to forget that the BMC and most of its members are self-employed, and work under contract to the NHS. They have always been first in-line when it comes to payday.

    I refer, yet again, to Bevan’s reply in the House of Commons when asked how he managed to get the BMC ‘on-side’ and agree to working in the NHS, he replied, – “I stuffed their throats with gold”.

    A remark that,in hindsight, shows not only the greed of the BMC, but Bevan’s contempt for them. A remark that seemed churlish and somewhat unfair, at the time – Yes! I heard the actual broadcast! – but in hindsight very valid.

    While this article speaks of ‘casualty depts.’ the same can apply to the GP service. A service so fractured as to be useless and virtually ‘unfit-for-purpose’ – to use political lingo.

    While anyone who has used the NHS recently can still recognise that the nursing staff are the backbone of the health service, – perhaps not quite as vocational as in past times, – but at least still viable, – but then most now seem to come from one of those ‘faraway places with strange sounding names’, and yet still retain some of what we used to call ‘a work ethic’.

    With this latest declaration by our doctor clique it appears that the final pillar of what we used to call ‘the community’, has finally fallen. The cult of divisive greed has finally proven victorious.

    A divided community, while so beneficial to the politician, has been of little use to the the individual. Now isn’t that some inheritance to pass on to future generations?

  2. When, as an electrical engineer, I joined the civil aviation business, I knew that the majority of staff had to work shifts of some kind, whether they were aircrew, check-in staff, air-traffic controllers or engineers like myself. That is because aircraft fly 24 hours a day, and when they are not flying they have to be maintained. It is hard to imagine anyone joining the industry who would not be aware of the way it works.
    Yet it seems that doctors are completely ignorant of the needs of patients; do they really enter medicine not being aware that people fall ill at night, or at weekends, or on public holidays? Or do they all anticipate sitting in a comfortable consulting troom in Harley Street raking in the money?
    Perhaps, before they are accepted for training, all potential doctors should be taught the real facts of life and spend some time assisting in an hospital A&E department.

  3. Dare I say it?
    Oh, I might as well..
    It’s a national and nationalised treasure. The further away we move from the morality that brought it into being (including qualities such as compassion, dedication and a sense of vocation) the more it resembles an inefficient business hungry for more injections of taxpayers’ cash, and as concerned for the financial health of its staff as it is for its patients.
    The big problem is that it is the only business in town dealing with health matters so we have to keep feeding it.

    that feels better.

  4. Sack’em, the chiselling, blackmailing swine.

    Then the Health Secretary should go to Tesco at the weekend. He’ll find it open, welcoming, fully stocked and ready to serve, but then Tesco et al are the real public servants.

  5. It’s not the only business in town dealing with health matters.

    There is a robust private for profit health industry in the UK and I bet that many here use it.

  6. Are you still here in England Phantom?
    I thought you’d have been deported by now.

  7. It was a flying visit.

    In Sunday, left yesterday afternoon.

    Both jam packed flights were on time, so I take comfort in that.

  8. See this, average ( 2009) salary of doctors by country.

    The blog post is from 2009 but I think the data is from 2004, which was before the last Labour government renegotiated the contracts of GPs. There was a 30% hike in their earnings after 2004.

  9. I’d like to see current data on what doctors earn by country.

    In most or all countries, it would I think be very comparable to what many managers / executives earn doing work that is a lot less important.

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