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The junior doctors’ strike is not over for general practice


The issues are far deeper than just how the system works. The whole profession needs to have a look in the mirror as to how we treat each other. The 'good old days' where doctors who were not thought to be capable of becoming a consultant, went out and became GP's under the apprentice system. They had to buy into practices and work up to parity, which still exists today in some partnerships. Junior doctors in hospital had to keep their noses clean and be seen to be a good sort, in order to be considered to join the ranks of consultants, usually waiting for dead men shoes. To counter the old boys network approach these training schemes were devised,but the flaw was balancing training with the service element requirements. The rivalry between colleges compounds the problem which goes back centuries and is in the DNA of doctors. It is not one noble profession because we don't treat each other as equals. I believe we all went into medical school the same, came out the same and it is our choices after that differentiate who we are, not our branch of medicine. Clearly there are those who choose to become super qualified in their field but they should appreciate those that chose not to go down similar paths. Juniors will be seniors one day and until we start treating each other as equals and a united profession the issues or recruitment and retention will persist. I have counselled my children not to follow me into the profession, not that they will listen.

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08 Dec 2017

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