Best wishes - I've found your columns to be consistently creative and (bleakly) witty. I hope you're still able to find an outlet for your manifest writing talent in Australia. I hope they will be as appreciative as us.
'The beatings will continue until morale improves'
Another piece of advice I would like to pass on; never sit on a chair in a confused person's home. I was arranging an admission and had sat on the 'telephone chair' in the hall whilst talking to the hospital. I became aware of a disturbing dampness seeping up from the chair - you can guess the rest. I now use my doctor's bag as a chair wherever possible.
Surely HEE also need to consider the impact of charging practices to take trainees - the practices would then be expecting to have some say about who they get. The goodwill factor of taking any trainee, no matter how challenging, would evaporate.
There's a great risk that poorer quality trainees will end up with nowhere to go. It's going to be hard enough to find enough practices prepared to pay for the privilege of teaching the 'best' trainees.