I know what’s it’s like to go through change in the working environment, who doesn’t? So, in some ways, I actually have some sympathy with the plight of junior doctors and their dislike of the new terms and conditions as per Mr Hunt’s widely criticised new NHS contract 7-Day-A-Week sound bite policy. Do I agree with their strike action? No, but not for the obvious reasons. Striking can get results except when it’s against the inevitable. Striking to prevent redundancies caused by poor business performance or new technology are doomed to failure. Striking against political whim is also doomed unless your actual aim is to dislodge the politicians in question. If the junior doctors (I hate that term, it brings[…]

There has been much comment of late that the NHS is already a 7 day a week service and the Nasty Tories just don’t know what they’re talking about with all their plans to make doctors work 27 hours a day and 8 days a week. If anything, I feel like the issue has been turned into a Monty Python sketch where a group of crusty northern types exaggerate the privations of their youth for comedic effect. So what? I was recently enjoying the dubious pleasure of visiting an NHS hospital on a Saturday morning (germs, germs), I had taken a family member in for a scan, when I overheard a very interesting telephone conversation. Now I could only hear[…]