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'Striking is just something doctors should not do'

Dr Nick Summerton, a GP in East Yorkshire and a former NICE adviser, argues that junior doctors should be speaking to the Government, and not striking

We are supposed to be professionals and patient focused. This strike is so damaging to the profession and I don’t see what it will achieve.

It’s a symptom of what’s going on with the NHS at the moment - there has to come a point when junior doctors decide whether they are professionals or not.

There’s an ‘I can’t be bothered’ culture among some junior doctors - some can’t be bothered to send out letters when patients are discharged or give us calls to let us know about results or deaths.

I think it is right that patients have access to a seven-day a week health service and if junior doctors dispute this they should continue to oppose the scheme with dialogue and discussion, not a strike.

It’s causing a lot of disruption - there is certainly an issue of trust between the BMA and the department of health, yes, but striking is just something doctors should not do.

That junior doctors are willing to strike is a tragic symptom of the deprofessionalisation of the medical profession. Back when I trained, being a junior doctor was awful, you’d work days and nights and nights again but we had a dialogue, not a strike.

Dr Nick Summerton is a GP in East Yorkshire and a former NICE adviser

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  • Dr Summerton your article is terrible! Also I noticed you added to the large number of comments on yourself just to restate your view, despite virtually every other doctor commenting disagreeing with your position most strongly.

    The junior docs affected the most by the proposed contract already work to cover a 7 day rota rendering your parroting of Jeremy Hunt's pet propaganda pretty flimsy.

    Dialogue should be constructive not divisive. Doctors are not here to set a perfect example of 'professionalism' to everyone while the govt. imposes a shocking change of working terms and conditions and walks off laughing at the chump....sorry 'professionals'.

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  • Striking is just something doctors should not BE FORCED TO NEED TO do

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  • Disappointing as surely we should be supporting each other as we are stronger if we stand together . Sadly as someone said the other day some GPs wear their long hours and working conditions like a badge of honour . Sadly often these people expect all of their staff and colleagues to do the same . This is neither healthy or sustainable . The work has changed beyond recognition since ' back in my day '

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  • Samuel Lewis

    What's it called if you are forced to work a non-agreed imposed contract ?

    Answer : Slavery

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  • did I miss something ? I thought the govt was refusing to talk ? In that case, your opinion is a load of nonsense as you have missed the point entirely. I support the strike, wish the rest of us had the guts.

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  • I am appalled at the whole content of this 'article' I am ashamed as I am also gp in East Yorkshire and none of the gp's I know agree with this.
    How can Dr Summerton be SO OUT OF TOUCH with grassroot gp even in his own locality?

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  • The employers are like sharks. Bleed and they wil come for more . So don't make it easy for them and strike. Ultimately they would like us to work for nothing. If there is no protest then that is what you will get .

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  • Strike, Strike, Strike.
    Next GP's.
    Then consultants.

    Lets show just what power we really can wield

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  • Britain now officially 4th largest economy.
    Doctors in top 2% of the intelligentsia.

    And we are going to take this???

    Time for reform of the civil service. Politicians merely do the bidding of that bunch of self-serving establishmentarians
    Britain not corrupt??? go and have a close look.

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  • I just wish that Pulse had a "like" button for comments - there are so many points about this piece with which I fervently agree. Well said, commentators!

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