THE ATTACK ON PROFESSIONALISM – WHAT MIGHT BE THE MOTIVE?
On Friday, Sam unearthed an important interview that was broadcast on radio 4.
It is due to be repeated tonight. (Sunday 27th April at 21.30 BST)
It is called:
“ANALYSIS: WAR ON THE PROFESSIONS”
Three groups of professionals representing architecture, law, and medicine were interviewed.
The cast of medical practitioners who gave their opinions on various matters were, in order of appearance:
Mr Bernard Ribeiro
President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Professor Peter Rubin
Chair of Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB)
Sir John Tooke
Senior Physician, Chair of the Medical Schools Council
If you know the background to recent controversies regarding NHS reforms, you will know why not all these doctors are in total agreement.
This government has divided and has attempted to rule the medical profession.
The Witch Doctor recommends you visit Chez Sam‘s for further information and links. She will lead you to a transcript and audio of the whole text of this programme. She is uploading other very informative posts too.
It is the first time that The Witch Doctor has come across the term the “The Skills Escalator” used in a very public domain like the BBC. Normally it is hidden well within government websites or is given an airing by medical or academic bloggers.
My Black Cat is of the opinion, that the Blogosphere is now making its mark on society over serious matters, and governments and the media ignore what is being said by bloggers at their peril. She says those in the high places are now reading blogs on a daily basis and sometimes acting upon them.
Of course, My Black Cat has always had delusions of grandeur, so this notion has to be taken with a pinch of salt.
There is A New Cult being generated by this government: A cult that attacks professionalism: A cult that undermines intellectual capacity: A cult that is attempting to sway this nation into worshiping competency rather than the excellence that professionalism continuously strives to grasp: A cult that is attempting to turn healthcare into a commodity in order to generate a market share. The government has complex reasons for promoting such a cult. The Witch Doctor believes what this government is doing is very short-sighted and in the long term will be very damaging for the future health, knowledge base, and ultimately the freedom of this nation. The Witch Doctor also recognises that the present government has picked up, and cloned on a culture that was initiated by a conservative government many years ago. However, the conservative “vision” seems to have metamorphosed and is moving in a much more damaging direction than was ever intended then.
Dr. Grumble has picked up too on Sam’s lead and has written one of his rare new posts and re-published two previous posts that are relevant.
Some time ago, Dr Grumble closed his blog, because his identity had been revealed and he felt it was unsafe to continue. From time to time he releases old posts written a while ago and when he does this it is because they are relevant to something that is currently in the news. Indeed, it seems as if Dr Grumble is some kind of a prophet, if not a witch, since many of his old deliberations have come to pass. Very, very occasionally, Dr Grumble writes a brand new post and when he does this, The Witch Doctor always pays particular attention, because this means that Dr Grumble feels so strongly about the matter that it is worth speaking out in spite of any danger to himself.
So, keep a close eye out for Dr Grumble’s rare new posts and think carefully about why he has chosen to write them in spite of closing his blog.
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