doctors on strike

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  • Premier Icon Drac
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    Yeah that popped up a lot.

    It’s not a race to the bottom Loddrik.

    jet26
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    Wasnt aware lorry drivers can legally work a 91 hour week of nights. Must have missed that.

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    So loddrik, I’m confused, you obviously favour some sort of communist system where everyone is paid an equal wage ?

    loddrik
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    Nope. Not legally. But many have no choice. Likewise security guards will offer work 15-16 hour days. Which they have to earn a livable wage, ot someone else will take their place who is prepared/forced to do it.

    legolam
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    Well, I’ve never been a lorry driver or a security guard, so my opinion here may be misinformed. However, I think junior doctors (and most other frontline NHS staff) DO work harder than them.

    A typical long day for me would see me starting at 8am and finishing around 9-10pm (I’m paid from 8am till 7:30pm for long days). I can often not eat, drink or pee during that entire time. For the majority, I’m in the cardiac cath lab, which is a never-ending conveyor belt of patients who need stents for blockages in their coronary arteries. When the nurses are wheeling the patients in and out of the room, I’ll be furiously typing up their notes into the database, and duplicating that in their written notes. I’ll also be returning calls from other doctors both within my hospital (who want me to see critically unwell patients) and from hospitals anywhere from Inverness to Manchester (as we’re the regional centre for heart transplants in the north of the UK). I’m personally responsible for the cardiac patients in my own hospital too – 30 in the elective ward, 30 in the main ward, and 8 on CCU.

    Did I mention that I do this without eating, drinking, or going to the toilet?

    loddrik
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    So loddrik, I’m confused, you obviously favour some sort of communist system where everyone is paid an equal

    Nope. I just don’t have any sympathy for doctors. They really aren’t that hard up in the context of society.

    legolam
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    The difference is that we don’t offer to do a 91 hour week of nights, or work 15 hours in a row. We are rota’d to do that. And it is legal for us (well, not the 15 hours in a row – hospital management don’t recognise that we do this, so as not to be fined).

    loddrik
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    A typical long day for me would see me starting at 8am and finishing around 9-10pm (I’m paid from 8am till 7:30pm for long days). I can often not eat, drink or pee during that entire time. For the majority, I’m in the cardiac cath lab, which is a never-ending conveyor belt of patients who need stents for blockages in their coronary arteries. When the nurses are wheeling the patients in and out of the room, I’ll be furiously typing up their notes into the database, and duplicating that in their written notes. I’ll also be returning calls from other doctors both within my hospital (who want me to see critically unwell patients) and from hospitals anywhere from Inverness to Manchester (as we’re the regional centre for heart transplants in the north of the UK). I’m personally responsible for the cardiac patients in my own hospital too – 30 in the elective ward, 30 in the main ward, and 8 on CCU.
    Did I mention that I do this without eating, drinking, or going to the toilet?

    My heart bleeds for you. I’m sure you can leave the profession if you so wish.

    At at some stage in your career you’ll be well rewarded. The ‘professions’ I’ve mentioned will still be on similar money and hours into their 60’s.

    loddrik – Member
    Doctors don’t work any harder than say, lorry drivers, road layers, security guards, etc etc. All who do similar if not more hours. And get paid a pittance in comparison. But because they are not ‘saving lives’ then that ok.

    So no, I have absolutely no sympathy for doctors whatsoever. And because my opinion is different to someone else’s then obviously I’m ‘trolling’…

    You honestly cant see the difference in the work and its impact that say a Cardiologist does and a lorry driver? Seriously? How long does it take to get a medical degree, then on top of that how long does it take to become proficient and skilled in that field. Give over. You cannot compare the jobs you have quoted with those in the medical profession.

    Drac – Moderator
    He’s trolling just ignore him.

    What other profession has such an immediate impact on peoples life for the better??
    Ambulance Driver. Yep fair point, and it also amazes me the pay that ambulance drivers and paramedics are on for the work they do.

    Quick edit, no point in debating this with you loddrick. What is it you dislike? the fact that people are paid a lot more money that you and are fighting to keep that along with other aspects of the profession. Or is it that chip on your shoulder talking?

    This complete dismantling of the NHS sickens me

    As does hyperbole….?

    So the rest of the population looks on in incredulity. The current NHS needs reform if it is to survive, but the debate becomes bogged down in extremes and progress remains ever-distant.

    legolam
    Member

    My heart bleeds for you. I’m sure you can leave the profession if you so wish.

    Back to the original point – I do it for the patients.

    DrJ
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    <adds loddrick to block list>

    legolam
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    On the plus side, not being able to afford to pay for parking at work means that I have a lovely 12 mile cycle commute every morning πŸ˜€

    jet26
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    No one saying hard up. Just fair pay for effort involved.

    Take out the individual – retention and recruitment of medical staff is falling year on year. Many rotas now rely on locums every week to maintain minimum staffing.

    If even 10%-15% more juniors left there would be a huge problem staffing wise.

    Entitled to opinion on pay loddrik but contract issue many other aspects to it.

    dragon
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    after paying for my mortgage, bills and food, I break even every month

    That doesn’t tell anyone anything, you could have a lavish lifestyle or not. Come back to me when you are 45 and let me know if you are still skint.

    Despite this the vast majority of NHS doctors are completely against privatisation.

    But don’t mind doing a bit on the side for extra cash πŸ˜† and ignoring the GPs who are actually private already.

    loddrik
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    You honestly cant see the difference in the work and its impact that say a Cardiologist does and a lorry driver? Seriously? How long does it take to get a medical degree, then on top of that how long does it take to become proficient and skilled in that field. Give over. You cannot compare the jobs you have quoted with those in the medical profession.

    Ok so it takes x years to train (my cousin is in the final years of her training now), they’re is no way that a medical student is working harder than say, the anecdotal lorry driver, during that same period.

    And saying that all doctors are in it for ‘the patients’ is a bit like saying all teachers are in it for ‘the kids’…

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Yep fair point, and it also amazes me the pay that ambulance drivers and paramedics are on for the work they do.

    It was a joke. Hunt called ambulance staff drivers at the weekend. πŸ˜€

    My mistake Loddrik isn’t a troll just arrogant.

    legolam
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    Um, a medical student isn’t the same as a junior doctor.

    And I’m pretty sure that teachers would say that they’re in it for the kids…

    loddrik
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    Arrogant because my views are different..? πŸ˜•

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Hmmm! I now wondering if I’ve crossed paths with legolam.

    Arrogant because my views are different..?

    Of course not just your silly comments.

    loddrik
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    Um, a medical student isn’t the same as a junior doctor.

    The point relates to how long it takes to train.

    But hey, lest we forget, this is all about ‘the patients’, just as the tube drivers strike is all about ‘passenger safety’…

    It’ll be of no surprise to you that I have absolutely **** all sympathy with them too.

    I’m all for strikes, I am staunchly far left wing. I’m especially for giving the tory government, or any tory whatsoever a bloody nose. But as strikes go, the plight of junior doctors is, in my opinion, utterly laughable.

    The coal miners strike((d) strook, strake, what the hell is a past tense for a strike?) was a last cry from desperate industry, they are now all gone. Likewise steelworkers, similar for dockers.

    Doctors? Let me get my box of Tissues.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    DrJ – Member

    Did you see him on Andrew Marr last Sunday? Incredible – Marr quoted back to him his precise words about the “11,000 extra deaths”, and the statements of Keogh to the effect that these deaths could not be ascribed to lack of JD at weekends, and he still refused over and over again to admit that he was wrong.

    Dude; have you not noticed that he’s a high functioning psychopath? He doesn’t show remorse or empathy and he doesn’t respect the truth because he doesn’t really know or care what any of those things are.

    legolam
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    My career path:

    Left school in 2000
    6 years medical school (did an intercalated physiology degree as well as my medical degree)
    BECAME A DOCTOR
    2 years foundation training (general medical and surgical training)
    2 years core medical training
    3 years core cardiology training
    Currently in my 3rd year of a PhD
    Still have 2 years of specialist cardiology training to do – current finish date is August 2018

    For 12 of those years, I’ve been working full time as a “junior” doctor. “Trainee” is such a crappy term.

    PS Drac – almost certainly! I believe we work in the same region

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Yes we do but it’s been awhile since I took anyone to PPCI.

    legolam
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    Well, there aren’t many female cardiology trainees round here, so next time you’re in the vicinity feel free to pop in and say hi!

    Although I’m only doing locum shifts at the moment while I write up my PhD to prop up our rota (7.5 people on a 12 person rota…)

    Premier Icon Drac
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    If I’m down I may do but I’m in management now so not operational as much.

    Junkyard
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    hey’re is no way that a medical student is working harder than say, the anecdotal lorry driver, during that same period.

    Given the difference in wages why are they wasting their time driving lorries then?

    You have to be trying pretty hard to not see why its pretty hard work, requires the best and the brightness and should be well rewarded

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    I’m all for strikes, I am staunchly far left wing.

    So “staunchly left wing” that you don’t support a union calling for industrial action, with 98% balloted support from members, against an government employer who is trying to change the working conditions to remove the safeguards against long hours and reduce take-home pay?

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    they’re is no way that a medical student is working harder than say, the anecdotal lorry driver, during that same period.

    A medical student isn’t paid more than a lorry driver. Anecdotal or not.

    DrJ
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    Next time I’m ill and can’t get a doctor’s appointment I’ll just head over to the Eddie Stobart depot.

    loddrik
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    a doctor’s appointment I’ll just head over to the Eddie Stobart depot.

    Make sure you introduce yourself as ‘Dr’ and they can all show you due deference.

    dragon
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    As long as Stobarts have access to Google you should be fine, as that’s better than a local GP I know who uses Bing 😯

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    loddrik – Member

    they’re is no way that a medical student is working harder than say, the anecdotal lorry driver, during that same period.

    There’s a little bit of a pay gap- seeing as lorry driver gets paid to work, while a medical student has to pay to study. But hey, as you were.

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    Well MrsGrahamS has just headed out to join the picket line in Newcastle. As we speak she’ll be huddled round a smouldering fire in a makeshift brazier, shivering away in a donkey jacket and her Jimmy Choos πŸ˜‰

    The fact is there are limited options. The NHS is effectively a monopoly employer after all.

    The black lining on the silver cloud

    chewkw
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    legolam – Member
    For 12 of those years, I’ve been working full time as a “junior” doctor. “Trainee” is such a crappy term.

    Once you have gained your PhD adding to your current experience …

    … You WILL earn loads of money!!!

    Whatever peanuts you are earning now you will earn them back in multiple times of your current salary in no time.

    Loads of money!

    You are still young by the looks of things so you shall be hitting the right moment, I am guessing you are in your mid/late 30s, to earn the big money when you got your PhD.

    Loads of money!

    πŸ˜›

    edit: in the far east the purpose of becoming a medical doctor, the vast majority of them I kid you not, is to earn loads of moneyyyy! Try speak to your colleagues from the far east etc I bet they will say loads of money is the objective … πŸ˜›

    FunkyDunc
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    BMA are now saying that the Government have moved on their dictated terms around weekend rates.

    Looks like progress may have been slightly made, however they are saying take this offer, or we will impose.

    chewkw
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    FunkyDunc – Member
    BMA are now saying that the Government have moved on their dictated terms around weekend rates.

    Looks like progress may have been slightly made, however they are saying take this offer, or we will impose.

    I bet the Union will demand more … πŸ˜†

    Premier Icon ceepers
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    I’m curious as to why all these Loray drivers and security guards aren’t doing medicine instead if it’s such a cushy number?

    Ah or is it because lots of them aren’t clever or motivated enough / didn’t take education seriously enough to do be able to actually do that job.

    The “working” man seems fairly happy with the earnings of footballers being many many times that of any medical professional and yet what are they actually doing for society in comparison?

    I spent the day today with a group of junior doctors who w re not striking because they were doing a teacher training certificate (you know like a real teacher) – yet another hoop to jump through to continue progressing in their career. They don’t want a private NHS because of the patients even though it would reward them more (although still not as much as footballers!)

    FWIW the government imposed a contract on dentists many years ago. The dentists all said it would be a disaster and patients would suffer, and what happened? Well how many of you are able to access an NHS dentist easily now compared with 20 years ago? Dentists didn’t want to all go private either, they just wanted a reasonable continuation of their working conditions as they were. The NHS ones generally earn less than they did in the 70s and 80s in real terms. Anyway I digress…..

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