“You are having a heart attack but we will fix it”. If only everything was so simple.

I’m working my second stretch of nights in a week (due to a missing EU doctor, ironically) on the heart attack service. At 3am my bleep rattles next to me and then shouts “Primary Angioplasty. Inferior MI. 10 minutes”. This means someone is flying towards us in the dead of night with a major heartContinue reading ““You are having a heart attack but we will fix it”. If only everything was so simple.”

Dear (brand new) Doctor…

To all the new doctors, First and foremost, I think I speak for our profession, junior and senior, when I say, Welcome. Tomorrow will be your first day as a doctor. A day you have probably thought about for a decade or more, but perhaps could never quite imagine.  From Hippocrates to Osler, Galen toContinue reading “Dear (brand new) Doctor…”

The NHS is Collapsing. Part 3: The collapse is a choice, not a necessity

It’s my job as a doctor to interpret trends and analyse hodgepodge information to predict an outcome. I look at the NHS and see a single direction of travel: collapse without rapid and drastic intervention. In a series of posts we will look at exactly why and how this is happening. This is what IContinue reading “The NHS is Collapsing. Part 3: The collapse is a choice, not a necessity”

The junior doctor contract? It is #timetovote

This junior doctor contract dispute has been built on a lattice of hashtags; #iminworkjeremy, #weneedtotalkaboutjeremy, #moetmedic, #timetolisten, #timetotalk. Now it’s #timetovote. The referendum on the new junior doctor contract opens this week: we as a body of professionals need to decide what it is we have been fighting for. Was it the least worst contractContinue reading “The junior doctor contract? It is #timetovote”

THE OFFER: Part 2- the Context

In a two-part behemoth post, juniordoctorblog examines first the contract, and then the wider context the contract sits in. This is Part 2: The Context of the NHS. Read Part 1 here The contract does not sit in a bubble, and there are many nuances that require some background knowledge of how certain parts mayContinue reading “THE OFFER: Part 2- the Context”

THE OFFER: Part 1- the Contract.

The decision to accept or reject these new terms and conditions is not only about the contract itself, but the context it sits in. In a two-part behemoth blog post juniordoctorblog looks first at the contract, and then the wider situation in the NHS. Part 1: Let’s look at the contract. Read Part 2 here.Continue reading “THE OFFER: Part 1- the Contract.”