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”

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?”

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 “