All for one ?
We are Independent Contractors. It is a Contract and we can and MUST walk away if it does not suit us. No ifs,buts, maybes. Resign and leave.
She was treated in court as she might as well have been sitting drinking tea, watching TV, not working without rest or food covering 4 other doctors!!
The case of Dr Hadiza Bawa Garba illustrates this precisely. She was covering upto 4 doctors who were absent for one reason or another, but htat cut no ice in court. To illustrate this take this court statement : ' You, Dr BG, did not see the XR timeously in CAU and you are therefore negligent and condemned of Gross Negligent Manslaughter.'
In vain did Dr BG protest ' I was elsewhere attending to children with sepsis, doing lumbar punctures in suspected meningitis and other jobs'
She was not even roistered to CAU, but she was still expected in a British court to bilocate, trilocate or even quadrilocate as the case may be.
Expect no mercy from British courts and judges and least of all the GMC. Best to avoid Medicine in the UK altogether.
Where are our reps? Here in NI, in bed with the DOH. We were also told this is part of GMS and the BMA agreed. So, do we have a Contract or do we not? it seems it is changed will nilly. But pray where are our negotiators, the GPC ?
Have we a Contract or have we not? Do we wish to have a Diktat ? And if we do not, What do we do? Remember when the BMA ARM specified looking at resignation and the GPC ignored it. The GPC just rolls over everytime. Ah well !!
Dr Merkel has a PhD in QUANTUM chemistry. Not many such leaders about. I am surprised she went into politics, with a poor mathematical probability of success, but hey who can gainsay she knows her numbers.
So they can impose a Contract at any time.
We have nuclear submarines but no PPE. What horrible, terrible times.
The BMA has always been too close to the DOH. This is a crazy Contractual imposition, putting doctors in the front line at severe risk,in Centres far from their surgeries for hours they have given up in 2004, without proper protection. There is no wonder GPs are disappearing in NI. BMA allied to DOH is the reason. I am aware of doctors crying to me about going into work unprotected, with small children at home. If a doctor dies from an imposed danger, what may be the legal consequences? Prof. Stephenson did say that GPs need resilience training like soldiers going to war. But we are happy to do our bit, but put our lives at risk for the same management's failure to provide PPE, but enforce we go to work!! Now, I have seen it all.
Of course we are all different/ unequal.
A science article points out the genetic phenotype expressions of the ACE2R and how the virus varies in attachment and expression [ both receptor/ membrane] of cytokines.
Some are rich, some are poor, some clever, some can sing and history has taught us that differences have always been there.
We hope to attain some day the acceptance that we are all equal in our humanity, but such a time is very far away.
In this age of trillion pound nuclear submarines, we lose doctors at the front line because of lack of very inexpensive protection. Who should look after you in the NHS ? Surely Trusts have a moral and legal duty to provide a safe working environment. But, as Dr Jenkins points out Bawa Garba did not have the staff nor the equipment to function, but in an English court of law, it is the doctor's fault.
Neither the the DOH nor the Trusts protect you and even thought the GMC says they take into account exceptional and extreme working conditions, the BG case shows quite the opposite. So please, please look after yourself and if you can find a less toxic country, please leave, for your sanity.
Thank God it was not last week they wanted this done by. [ there is a new particle discovered in Antarctica that suggests time flowing backwards/ or they may have watched Endgame]. We have time to roll our eggs and put on our bunny uniforms!!
GMC 'take account of the realities of a very abnormal emergency situation'
Really? Covering 4 other doctors at times, in multiple sites [ doing the work of 5 ], without Lab results [ malfunction] was not seen as an abnormal emergency situation as Dr H B Garba got done for GNM. The GMC's definition of emergency situations is not what we think. So beware!!
So many people who could live are dying. No one is coordinating anything. As you so rightly say, there is no statistical probability analysis. Just a blanket rule. So so sad for so many people.
I think we should qualify for a grant for small business. We have had to employ extra locum doctors and locum staff to cover extra work. Other business have grants. Do we qualify?
GPs forced to staff Covid centres with no extra pay!! We are down doctors and staff and paying out on locums. Where is the financial help for GP surgeries [ like small businesses ?] Who is responsible for PPE in hospitals and GP surgeries ? Who should have thought of this in January? Is it the doctor's fault or management's ?
We can spend trillions on submarines, but no PPE. Who is responsible for providing proper equipment ? Proper staffing ?
and that any concerns raised about your practice will take into account the extreme circumstances in which you are working.
Dr Bawa Garba was covering upto 4 doctors at one time. No Consultant. No lab results.
These are extreme circumstances for us doctors, but not for the GMC.
Beware the GMC
What are the total numbers, exactly? In 2023, will there be more or less?
Lock them all up. Who? The advisors, I mean.