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'Striking is just something doctors should not do'


I rarely disagree with everything a colleague has to say, but I do here. I trained in the bad old days -we didn't have dialogue, we did as we were told, and the system made us feel grateful for it. Excellent doctors left, often not in a good way because of the stress, and we became accustomed to an abusive system, which did our social and mental health no good whatsoever. Female doctors were told their need for study leave was not as important as the men's, and made to cover their absences because no one wanted to pay for locums. We grew up to be the GP's who voted in what we knew was a really bad contract, because the government threatened the imposition of a worse contract on us and we caved in. I do not want Junior doctors to have my experience of medicine or accept bad change or bullying so easily. I think the Junior Doctors organising the action and the strike have shown great maturity, professionalism, unity , and a refreshingly light touch in the way they have handled the politics and the media. We should learn from them rather than wish on them our own mistakes.

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13 Jan 2016

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