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The junior doctors’ strike is not over for general practice

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(1)As I am growing older accumulating more long term memories which clearly stick , the recently acquired short term memories become less influential for my mind. This is the naturally occurring risk of turning into a stubborn , grumpy old man , in candid language. (2)While we complained about the establishment being lost in touch with us , I keep reminding myself of becoming an 'establishment' of my own device in front of our youngsters. What so often happens is the risk of forgetting I was like them many years ago , filled with passion and hope but fear and uncertainty of what my future would be . The passion and hope are there because one believes one can make a difference to his/her own life(perhaps the 'world' as well), going up the ladder to a 'better place'. The word dream may be naive and aspiration more practical. But I do not think that matters because the passion and hope is where the energy we need to sustain a profession like ours which in eyes of other people are pillars of the society and hence , can make a difference. If our youngsters have this belief, we need to help them to carry on believing by all our might and means . As I wrote recently; an ordinary doctor heals a disease ,a good doctors heals a person , a perfect doctor heals a society . Although none of is a perfect doctor, our youngsters will love to be good doctors, at least. (3)Then it is the fear and uncertainty which arguably has been affecting ALL of us . The political shortsightedness and shallowness of our leaders in the hierarchies have simply treated us like toy soldiers ignoring what we believe. The economic approach of squeezing out the most 'results' by using the least amount of resources, is well proven to have backfired.Traditionally, we are trained in such a way that we want to stay away from politics , the notion of which is what one should respect . But if politics has stepped out of its line and invaded into our freedom from fear creating more uncertainties , this is battle time and I disagree the saying 'the battle is over' in this article. In fact , it is only the beginning of the battle. (4) The simple truth is we need to ask what our youngsters believe and still believe. Do they believe in NHS and general practice in this current form and principles or it should be something else altogether? Do they believe this is a career(in certain format) worth their next 30 years plus long lives to fight for ? I am humbled by their answers and only on receiving end with full respect. (5) Any definitive answer of these questions should be met with our efforts to fight for them against our manipulative enemies who only want toy soldiers or AI robots with no emotions to fulfil their political goals. We are not here to just chase against some target of reaching so many GPs in such period if time , we are only here to fight for what our youngsters believe for their future. And if they believe general practice can still make a difference, let's make a difference for them in this everlasting battle against our common enemies. ''It is not about deserve ; it is about what you believe .'' Dianna Price

Posted date

09 Dec 2017

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10:21am

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