Brexit and the NHS: Just the Facts. Part 1: Medicine

In a multi-part series juniordoctorblog.com looks at the No Deal Brexit scenario and its direct and indirect impact on the National Health Service. Informed consent is the bedrock of medical ethics. It means I cannot legally do anything to you without your express permission, and for anything you do allow, or “consent to”, you haveContinue reading “Brexit and the NHS: Just the Facts. Part 1: Medicine”

Austerity in essential public services is deadly. Grenfell demonstrates it. The NHS exemplifies it.

“I seem, then, in just this little thing to be wiser than this man at any rate, that what I do not know I do not think I know either..” Socrates  Apology by Plato The events of the last week will undoubtedly shape the future of Britain in a monumental fashion. First, an election likeContinue reading “Austerity in essential public services is deadly. Grenfell demonstrates it. The NHS exemplifies it.”

Dear Other Normal Human Beings

I am writing to you, because, like myself, you are a normal human being. You, like me, wake up in the morning and sleep at night, eat meals, sometimes with loved ones, sometimes alone. We are alike in our requirement for other people, for happiness, for security, for food, for warmth, for shelter. You mayContinue reading “Dear Other Normal Human Beings”

Gagged and bound. NHS doctors today.

“The airline industry has learnt that pilots must feel they can speak out” Jeremy Hunt, May 2016 Imagine this. You are a doctor, resident in hospital, not quite a consultant. You are employed by the hospital, but you rotate through different areas and different hospitals to broaden your experience of different practices. This is designedContinue reading “Gagged and bound. NHS doctors today.”

The future of the NHS and junior doctors is bleak. Can we change it?

It’s clear, despite widespread junior doctor support for further reasonable industrial action against imposition, that the BMA has folded. Now in full “supporting transition” mode, the early imposed trainees already report chaotic rotas, trusts skipping pay protection clauses and lack of coherent safety reporting structures. Many doctors have left, or are considering leaving, the BMA.Continue reading “The future of the NHS and junior doctors is bleak. Can we change it?”

This is everything wrong with Jeremy Hunt’s tenure as Health Secretary

Yesterday in the Mail Hunt made at least two completely bogus claims; 1. He ‘won’ the judicial review into imposition and gained High Court backing for the junior contract 2. Post Brexit he is going to remove foreign doctors and replace them with ‘homegrown’ trainees  There’s been enough of heated opinion lately- so let’s justContinue reading “This is everything wrong with Jeremy Hunt’s tenure as Health Secretary”

If you want an NHS, save it yourself

It was July last year that something changed- Jeremy Hunt took to the podium and started a fight, claiming doctors had a 9-5 attitude, attacking our professionalism. But that fight was just a scuffle in a longer battle for a free at the point of access healthcare system, and it’s a battle that’s over. WeContinue reading “If you want an NHS, save it yourself”

Labour, left, right or other, could learn something from the junior doctors 

We’ve had some rough times in our profession. Sometimes it feels like we work in a building that’s being demolished, and Hunt and friends are wearing ear-protectors and smiling, oblivious to our screams. The frustration seeps in, and bubbles up between us if we let it-but the one thing that got the junior doctors disputeContinue reading “Labour, left, right or other, could learn something from the junior doctors “

The junior doctor contract? It’s a No.

I flip flopped on my position on the contract vote, and I make no apology for it. It was a difficult decision, in a completely crazy political and NHS environment, and I never spoke to anyone who had a completely clear idea on it.  68% of doctors voted, and 58% voted no. Given the marginContinue reading “The junior doctor contract? It’s a No.”