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'Striking is just something doctors should not do'


I am a GP of the same era as Dr Summerton. I find his lack of insight into the working conditions of the present generation of doctors and his paucity of empathy quite unbelievable. Is he totally unaware of the hours they work and the intensity of that work with few breaks and little time for a meaningful family life. If his patients were being treated like this by their employers he would probably be fighting their corner. Why then is he denigrating his hospital colleagues for fighting for their rights of a decent wage for their level of responsibility, knowledge and experience and also protecting their own health. High levels of Responsibility without the power to negotiate your conditions of employment ( one sided contract which can be imposed ) is a short cut to an early death. But then that is Jeremy's ultimate goal the death of the NHS by a thousand lashes. Then he can blame the doctors and nurses and bring in the private Giants Dr Summerton get off your high horse and try to walk in the shoes of today's junior doctors you will find it very different from the 70's when you trained. Many more interventions available and more IT hoops to jump through. I really am ashamed to call you a colleague

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12 Jan 2016

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