Junior doctors have fought valiantly over the last few months, and have been well supported by other medical professionals and the public, so much so that it felt like it was our fight too. GPs have tweeted, rallied, and picked up the extra work when registrars were striking, so the final insult - that all of this had made no impact on the government - felt personal.
Medicine is where my heart is. It is what I have worked so hard for. Now I'm heading into my finals exams, and it's only going to get harder. But the government has been attacking me and my profession for months now, and I'm exhausted.
It matters to all of us. The cuts to bursaries will significantly impact the future workforce of the NHS, affecting anyone accessing services. That is why I am walking out with the NHS students in Manchester today. Alongside junior doctors, local community activists and students' union reps, I'll be demanding an NHS that values patients as well as the students and staff who keep it running every day.
Mr Cameron and Mr Hunt - maybe it's time you took responsibility for this horrific mess. Turn to the NHS staff. Turn to the patients and relatives. Apologise, say you got it wrong and let's fix the most important thing this country has. You forget when the NHS is broken, it isn't just about headlines and careers, it's about lives. People are dying because of you. Time to stand up and face the music.
Saturday saw a second demonstration in London over the unresolved junior doctor contract dispute between the British Medical Association and the gover...
As both a patient and a medical student observing this junior doctor contract saga roll on, it looks like history is repeating itself. Hunt has repeatedly and unwaveringly misrepresented medical findings, and the results have been deeply concerning.
According to last week's report by Lord Carter into hospital procurement and management, the issue of bed blocking is currently costing the NHS £900 ...
This week, the junior doctors are going on strike. Again. Most of the people reading this won't know why. All these professionals, who claim to be committed to caring for some of the most vulnerable in our society, why would they refuse to turn up to work? The government has done its best to confuse the issue.
After struggling along with these problems for over 35 years I decided that the stress they put on me and my family was enough and, after doing my research, I asked for a referral to see if I am on the autism spectrum.
As a junior doctor who's married to a pilot, I'm perhaps more intimately acquainted than Jeremy Hunt with what airline safety entails. The Health Secretary might like to know that my husband, an ex-RAF fighter pilot turned civilian pilot, is so aghast at the hours and shifts I work, he says they would turn his plane into a "a lethal weapon".
Perhaps the stolen camaraderie led me into my chosen profession - emergency medicine. The siege mentality, punishing rotas and huge reliance on teamwork made me feel like I belong somewhere. Sadly with the unrelenting workload and no sign of empathy from up high, I can feel myself drifting. For now, the search continues.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the only thing keeping the NHS going is the individual and collective brilliance of the people working in it. These dedicated professionals are working ever longer and ever harder against a backdrop of ever deepening fears that the NHS is reaching a point of no return.
I'm not unhappy, I'm sick. Depression is not a feeling, it's not a way of describing a sh*t day or a low mood, it's a serious mental illness and when people confuse it for a emotional response to a bad situation, it compounds the belief that I'm weak, a failure, unable to cope with the realities of human existence. And that gives me more impetus to pretend.
For such a small, simple expression with huge connotations, "care" seems to have become a dirty word. It makes people feel uneasy - embarrassed at the standard of care many of our elderly and vulnerable people receive, and embarrassed at the level of support for the carers themselves.
The NHS has long been used as a political football. And on Thursday we saw the radical idea of a cross party agreement on co-operation for the future direction and funding sources rejected. This was despite almost universal agreement (from the health care professionals cum politicians) that joined up action is needed, and needed now.
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