Junior doctors might like to put themselves on a pedestal and play on the affection in which people hold the NHS.
But with their strikes, they have forfeited their right to high public esteem. The picket line grows steadily outside the King's College Hospital in London yesterday afternoon. But negative attitudes have been fuelled by two other factors. One is the European Working Time Directive, which is supposed to reduce the working week to an average of around 48 hours.
As a result, managers are forced to use complex rotas and split up working weeks.
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Not only does this further limit patient exposure, but it also encourages the development of an insidious clock-watching mentality. While this is far from universal, I have heard terrifying stories from colleagues about junior clinicians switching off their caring faculty like a light as the end of their shift approaches, because they know that the patient will soon become another doctor's problem. The second factor was the introduction by the Labour Government in of the notorious GPs' contract.
This had the disastrous consequence of increasing GPs' pay by a hefty sum, thereby imposing a new financial burden on the NHS, while at the same time reducing the hours they had to work. So at a stroke the death knell was sounded for an effective out-of-hours and weekend service.
And it has been left to Accident and Emergency Units to pick up the pieces, though they have struggled to do so, not least because of the limits on consultants and junior doctors' hours. Just as damagingly, the GPs' contract has exacerbated the culture of entitlement that now holds sway among healthcare professionals.
The junior doctors look with envy on the GPs being so well rewarded for less work, and want a piece of the same action. And I fear the damage they have inflicted on their profession will be permanent. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.
Three-time LPGA winner Pam Higgins teaches at the Newport Beach Country Club.
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Higgins Group Private Brokerage is feeling the holiday spirit! Throughout December, Higgins Group has found ways to give back this holiday season.
Higgins Group looked to partner with organizations to facilitate an in-office toy drive and an on-site volunteering day for our teams. This annual community event has been bringing smiles to children in need for the past 29 years!staging.dlabs.ai/root-at-my-school.php
Since then the HGC has evolved to gather, organize and deliver approximately 6, personalized wrapped gifts to 3, children in Fairfield County affected by homelessness and poverty. Inspirica begins their HGC the first week of November and collects through the first week of December.
The names of the children in need are given to Inspirica by various agencies throughout Fairfield County that assist families. Inspirica works tirelessly throughout the month of November to make sure everyone on their list receives the gifts they requested, that the gifts are age appropriate and that they contain the necessary batteries to make the gift work. The collection ends in a big wrapping party celebration called the Big Wrap. As you can see our Stamford team was so happy to be apart of this annual tradition and to help bring smiles to those in need this Holiday Season!
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Mary works so hard every year, she begins organizing the day after Thanksgiving by collecting raffle prizes from local Fairfield vendors for the annual Christmas party and she is constantly spreading the word about her toy collection.