If a system is broken, trying to stretch it further for political gain appears foolhardy, especially if this is done through implementing change for a contract that will push junior doctors to breaking point.
After another 48 hour strike by junior doctors, the clock is still ticking for Jeremy Hunt to come off his bike and move
It's only a matter of time before Wikihow will be taking you step by step through your own appendicectomy. If there are complications, there will certainly be a sub‐Reddit or similar forum page on internal haemorrhage to help you out. As long as you can read faster than you bleed you'll probably be fine.
To end this dispute, the prime minister, whose silence on this matter has been deafening, needs to recognise that sitting silently on the sidelines is no longer an option. His health secretary has become a hate figure for doctors, so it is up to David Cameron to lead from the top. Next, the government must come clean about the thousands of new staff required to provide a genuinely seven-day NHS. The public has a right to decide for itself whether it wishes to commit taxes to this manifesto aspiration.
Why Imposition Is Damaging to the Longevity of the NHS - A Medical Student Perspective on Becoming a Junior Doctor
I am a medical student in my penultimate year of study at the University of Manchester and it's with a very heavy heart I concede that I may not see out my long-held ambition of becoming a doctor in anything more than title.
Before moving to London in August, I couldn't conceive of anything close to the NHS. A structured, uniform service that trains highly competent doctors while providing healthcare for free. For everyone. Inconceivable. And yet, here I am as a first-year medical student, learning, observing, and participating firsthand in this incredible institution that indiscriminately treats anyone that walks through its doors. Here, when you are ill you are a person who needs healthcare, not a walking insurance card with a set deductible.
The background to the doctors' strike is the righteous search by the Government to improve on standards of medical cover in hospitals and in GP practices. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary has been charged with introducing '24/7' care into the NHS, to improve services.
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.
Everything is topped off by the underhand tactics so engrained within politics. Tarnishing attacks, sensationalism and headline chasing seem to be the virtues with which policy is created. Currently it seems the vilified, vocation lacking and selfish doctor is the only hurdle to the perfect healthcare system. However, when you assimilate the information and understand the ulterior motives, it is quite apparent the exact opposite is true.
Round one has concluded. Dirty tricks displayed by the career politicians versus counterpunch tactics by the team wanting to maintain the moral high ground. A brief half time review: