Thursday, 14 January 2016

The Conservative Gentleman Doctor - The real reason behind the junior doctors dispute ?

Gentleman Doctors value their weekends
Junior doctors have taken strike action for the first time in 40 years.  The dispute started in response to the Conservative Party government suddenly requiring junior doctors to sign a new employment contract. Why do junior doctors need a new contract ? Is seven days in a week a new development ? The Conservatives say that it is to do with providing weekend cover but what has happened at weekends in hospitals over the last 70 years ? We already know what the Conservative Party and the well-to-do Gentleman Doctor really think of the National Health Service - it undermines their potential income as private medical practitioners.  In 1945, the new Labour government came in on a manifesto that promised a revolution in health care. Health minister, Aneurin "Nye" Bevan, stated his ambition to build a health service based on four principles: it was to be free at the point of use, available to everyone who needed it, paid for out of general taxation, and used responsibly.  On 5 July 1948, Sylvia Beckingham was admitted to hospital in Manchester to be treated for a liver condition. Doubtless this was a big event in her life; but it was an even bigger event in British history. Sylvia, 13, was the first patient to be treated on the NHS.

Drug companies pay for weekend trips
Bevan faced bitter opposition to the NHS from the conservative Gentleman Doctor represented by the likes of Sir Bernard Docker, Dr Charles Hill and Lord Horder.  Faced with the threat of a BMA strike Bevan conceded that GPs would retain the freedom to run their practices as small businesses. The consultants were given more money, and allowed to keep their private practices. In Bevan's own blunt words: "I stuffed their mouths with gold."

The BBC reports:   What is the junior doctor's row about ?

Junior doctors know who will fill the weekend gaps
Ministers argue the government's new contract will improve patient care at the weekend, but the doctors' union says the impact on safety would be unacceptable.  BMA council chairman Dr Mark Porter said there was "not just one remaining issue" regarding disagreement over weekend pay.
He said: "There are some serious issues about patient safety and recognition of junior doctors' contributions that need to be sorted here." The government's new head negotiator, Sir David Dalton, pledged to "engage with the BMA team directly and listen to their outstanding concerns".

However, Norman Smith, the BBC's assistant political editor, said government sources were "adamant" that if no deal was reached then its new contract would be "imposed" on junior doctors.
"This could begin as early as the summer for new doctors joining the NHS and would then be rolled out among the existing 50,000 junior doctors," our correspondent said.  (see link below for full article)

Andrew Rosindell MP (Romford) has criticised the junior doctors strike saying that “I am disappointed to see that junior doctors at Queen’s Hospital (Romford) have decided to put patients at risk to score a political point." This is quite a statement from a politician and party who opposed the establishment of the NHS and public access to health care since the outset in 1945.  Mr Rosindell represents a party that allowed paedophile Jimmy Saville to prey on young people in care.

Rosindell implies junior doctors tried to harm patients 

Full BBC Report

Excellent Independent article "The birth of the NHS"

Half of junior doctors worked through strike