The defence organisations and BMA have the power to advise junior doctors to refuse to work shifts if they turn up and the rota is understaffed or if inadequate senior cover is present AND THAT If the doctor chooses to work in this situation ( for the sake of their patients )they must have a signed waiver by Mr Hunt, the chief executive of the hospital and the GMC that they will not be held criminally responsible for any errors or omissions which occur on that shift BEFORE UNDERTAKING ANY PATIENT CARE . In addition all patients and/or their families should be informed ,in writing ,that this is the situation for their shift and given the phone number of the chief executive of the hospital should they be unhappy with the risks being taken . Junior doctors committee should start a petition to parliament to debate this .
if the GMC really wish to protect patients ,and the defence organisations wish to represent doctors ( who pay them both for the privilege ) they should both be advising doctors to refuse to work shifts in hospital that are not fully staffed . otherwise the doctors are putting themselves (and their families futures ) at huge risk of GMC prosecution for the sake of trying to maintain an NHS service that is CRIMINALLY UNDERFUNDED AND UNDERSTAFFED .
Retired at 58 yrs old, gave up medical registration . NO REGRETS . No appraisals, no defence subs , no threat of litigation or complaints , no 12 hr days and still not able to complete all the work or stop patients moaning . Pension changes discourage GPs from working until 60 .Gp trainees will not work full-time or become partners and so will not replace the retiring workforce .