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'Striking is just something doctors should not do'

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The Junior doctors have decided and what they have decided is that they are professionals and patient focused but that the NHS is not professional and not patient focused. They will not work for a non-professional organisation under conditions that are unsafe and unfair and that will decimate the professionalism of their chosen profession in the future. Please don't infantilise your junior colleagues who are probably brighter than and at least as well trained as you. After all who trained them? Back when you and I qualified it was awful being a junior doctor. But being abused by a system should not be passed down the generations as we would not condone the dreadful way that child abuse seems to pass down the generations. The juniors are saying it stops now. Enough is enough. A seven day service with no extra money and no more doctors won't reduce the death rate at weekends. It will increase the death rates during the week to those of the weekend. I suspect that we will look back on this as a moment to radically reform the NHS into an organisation that adapts to future needs with apps remote monitoring, telehealth and technologies that you and I will never understand. Old fogies such as myself and yourself will stand back in amazement as the current junior now senior doctors use technology to help patients and themselves achieve a work life balance. Striking is not deprofessionalisation but a recognition of what the future holds. Disruption is an apt choice of words. for disruption of health industry is what is going to happen, but that will happen with or without a strike. Why should Health be the only industry that is not disrupted?

Posted date

12 Jan 2016

Posted time

2:11pm

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