What on earth is the medical profession playing at, My Black Cat?
Why on earth would the public care about doctors’ pensions?
They are striking over the wrong thing in the wrong way at the wrong time!
They have missed the boat!
It seems a good time to reiterate The Witch Doctor’s views on industrial action within the medical PROFESSION.
Eh My Black Cat?
Q. Has the Witch Doctor ever gone on strike or participated in any type of industustrial action involving the medical profession?
Q. Would The Witch Doctor ever go on strike if the circumstances and cause were right?
Q. In some circumstances, would The Witch Doctor be prepared to go on strike over pensions or any monetary matter affecting herself or other doctors?
Q In some circumstances, would The Witch Doctor be prepared to go on strike over an attack on the principles that have underpinned the NHS?
Q. What form would the strike take?
A. It would not be a one day strike. It would last for ever. It would cut out all the faffing about that doctors have allowed to be imposed upon them. This would involve much committee work, much reading of documents, all appraisal related work, much useless personal development exercises. Most tick box forms would be shredded. It would involve a refusal to take part in many activities that were designed to be a preamble to privatisation of the NHS e.g patient referral centres to name but one.
It would probably involve shutting down all emails – they are now abused and that abuse is leading a huge waste of staff time (and therefore public money) within the NHS, as well as a means of bullying staff into “doing things now because what I’m doing now is more important that what you’re doing now!”
There would be much, much more.
Q. Would patients benefit from this industrial action?
A. Yes. The time saved would be spent on direct patient care. Ensuring each patient knew and had met their consultant as part of a proper consultant delivered service. Ensuring proper time was given to the problems of individual patients. Ensuring a proper relationship with nursing staff. Ensuring patients in the wards did not go un-fed and un-watered. Ensuring a proper relationship between GPs and the patients they refer. Ensuring proper time spent with trainees. And much more.
The definition of “proper” would be The Witch Doctor’s, not the governments.
In addition, time spent gathering stupid and contrived material in order to sell yourself so that “appraisal” and, in future, revalidation “goes well,” would be spent on “proper” continuing professional development. The kind of professional development that not only makes you a safe doctor but the very best you can be. This time would be spent only on worthwhile personal development relative to The Witch Doctor’s own personal knowledge and deficiencies. For example little time would be spent on “soft skills” such as “communication skills,” or “how and when to smile at patients” skills, or attending courses on the best way to broach patients on very private matters such as how they want their lives to end or whether they have a gambling habit. The Witch Doctor thinks she knows very well how, when, and if it is appropriate to broach these very personal concerns during the doctor – patient relationship. Further more she received no formal training on these cuddly, caring matters. She certainly would not agree to obediently follow some kind of “payment by results” protocol.
In addition, time used to fill up “begging” documents such as application for discretionary points, merit awards, distinction awards, platinum, gold, silver, carbon, uranium or tin clinical excellence awards or whatever ever-changing name is given to these “obedience bonuses” would be transferred to direct patient care.
Witches don’t beg.
Even if it means they will never be rich.
Witches and doctors will always earn enough to buy the mince.
There are other kinds of riches.
Oh, and by the way, The Witch Doctor’s modus operandi would also be to ignore all the guff currently being distributed on revalidation by Niall Dickson, Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Medical Council, (and expert in Tony Blair and the other Tony’s Third Way politics).
As she said recently somewhere else on the blogosphere:
“With revalidation and appraisal on their way what better approach is there than the dumb insolence of getting out fags and lighter?”
Hey, there’s a much better way than this type of life shortening dumb insolence!
Niall Dickson, expert in the politics of the “Third Way” of Tony 1 and Tony 2 has recently sent a letter asking all of us doctors to get ready for revalidation by “making our connection.” They need us to confirm our “designated body.”
We witches are not into confirming our designated bodies to anyone least of all Mr Dickson so doubtless we will pass on this one resulting in the NHS being bereft of Witch Doctors.
The Witch Doctor appreciates that this will sound like gobbledygook to all non-medical readers, but medical practitioners will know exactly what she is talking about because they too will have received the call.
They will also appreciate that by mentioning this The Witch Doctor is trying hard to cast a very difficult spell on all of them.
In the meantime, if you are confused about the reference to The Third Way, here is some more information.
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