Being risk averse does not mean the primary focus is on the baby, there are many variables involved in a good outcome. A healthy baby does not mean that the mothers wishes have been ignored, to suggest that the two are mutually exclusive is irresponsible and does nothing to promote trust and respect between families and professionals.
I am desperate for progress, I am desperate for talks and I am desperate for the Department of Health to realise that extra money is not my motivation for working extra hours now, nor will it persuade me into accepting these proposals for the future. As a junior doctor I am saying, keep your thirty pieces of silver Hunt; but please, lets talk about patients.
Junior doctors work long hours and these proposals will remove the safety limits that ensure doctors are not over tired. Being fatigued and stressed impairs judgement and increases the chances of mistakes. Would you want a tired and over worked doctor making life and death decisions about you or your family? Neither would we!
I look forward to a time where examples such as this are the norm, rather than best-practice case studies. I firmly believe that day will come, and when it does I have no doubt that we will not only have witnessed significant improvements in patient safety but also significant cost reductions for the NHS.