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Gold, incentives and meh

I need something to take the pledge off

Copperfield

I admit that it’s not the best way to hook you into this blog, but I honestly reckon the next paragraph will probably make you vomit.

A brief Pulse search on the word ‘pledge’ – which, until the last month, I always thought of as just a cleaning product – reveals countless recent hits, including:

And so on, literally ad nauseam. I assume, like me, you are utterly sick of this, too.

The only thing we seem to have plenty of, other than patients, stress and work, is pledges

Not Pulse’s inability to dig out the thesaurus for a pledge-alternative, but the various political parties’ complete inability to stop playing top NHS trumps via increasingly deranged ‘solemn promises’ (dictionary def).

How about a dose of reality, chaps?

Last week, a combination of acute issues of sickness and IT problems on top of the chronic issues we’ve all been suffering for as long as we can recall meant, in effect, the work environment comprised the following: no drugs, no appointments, no working telephones, no ability to send off referrals, no staff, no prospect of recruiting new doctors, no available staff to fill PCN roles, no outpatient appointments and no time to have a pee.

The only thing we seem to have plenty of, other than patients, stress and work, is pledges.

And every time I hear one, a little bit of what’s left of my vocational commitment to the NHS dies.

At the moment, I have no idea how to vote, not even if I think tactically, because I’m so frazzled that I can’t work out what tactic I want any more.

What might swing it for me is someone telling the truth, which is that the NHS will not be saved by short term headline-grabbing policies or tired and unrealistic long term guarantees: we’re fed up of being promised the earth while all we get is the same old s**t.

Instead, how about a politician being honest and admitting that what the NHS can realistically offer, and how it can be funded, requires a radical rethink?

Do that, and they might win me over. Just don’t call it a pledge.

Dr Tony Copperfield is a GP in Essex. Read more of Copperfield’s blogs at http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/views/copperfield or follow him on Twitter @doccopperfield

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Readers' comments (10)

  • Here, have an app😅

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  • Cobblers

    "........ a little bit of what’s left of my vocational commitment to the NHS dies."

    TC you still have vocational commitment?

    You idealist you. In the nicest possible way you're a bit of a dinosaur. And that damn great asteroid is heading for earth.

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  • And also locally, CCG pledges, GMC pledges, NMC pledges, Trust pledges, HEE pledges, NHSI pledges, NHSE pledges, PCN pledges, RCP pledges, CQC pledges......PROMISES ARE MEANT TO BE BROKEN.

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  • UK has reached peak socialism. That’s why there’s so many “pledges” 😂

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  • I thought pledge was a furniture polish for wood..... which is kind of appropriate since most of our politicians are complete planks..... then again you can't polish a t...... oh hang on better stop before my comment gets moderated :-)

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  • Spot on! And yet the CQC and GMC expect us to provide the best care in the world with such bad support.
    The only pledges I know that will happen will be more stress, more work and more BS from these organisations pretending to care or help.

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  • "At the moment, I have no idea how to vote"

    Really? Again, Cops, I point out the obvious. If you don't trust Govt with 'pledges' or even 'to run the NHS', its time to vote for LESS govt. Do your home work, read the manifestos. There are parties out there who actually do want limited government.

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  • @Christopher Ho- the libertarian party has some excellent stuff in their manifesto. Stop criminalising drug use (stupidity is not the same as criminality), stop fighting pointless wars etc

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  • Whoam - I have read all the recent manifestos that have been put out. Whilst I might not agree with everything within the Libertarian Party's, they are on the right track. Note that the decriminalisation of drug use comes with reducing the size of the welfare state/healthcare provision. People are free to make the choices/mistakes they want to make, just don't expect the state to subsidise/pay for those choices. I totally agree with not fighting 'pointless' wars. Also note that the Libertarian Party are not the only party with libertarian policies. I shall stop spoonfeeding/stating the obvious, and let the enquiry be the reward itself.

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  • other polish sprays are available and cheaper than pledge - just so you know

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