Lives Don’t Matter – Disgraceful Junior Doctors Going on a 4-Day Strike
Reading today’s headline by the Independent Newspaper I learn that junior doctors are going on a 4-day strike to get more pay.
Junior doctors to stage four-day walk out as strikes escalate (msn.com)
Junior doctors to stage four-day walk out as strikes escalate | The Independent
“They knew what they signed up for, you would not get a soldier on the front line saying hold on this is too dangerous and we need to go on strike to get more pay. I thought being a doctor was to help people not about how much they earn. If you don’t like the job you are in then quit and get something that pays you better”.
The newspaper article image shows banners “claps don’t pay bills”.
At a starting salary of £30k if you cannot manage your bills then there is something seriously wrong with your budgeting.
The Government should not give in and should give them an ultimatum, either they work and get on with it, or leave and let someone who really cares about saving lives take their place.
If there is a shortage of doctors because they have left the country because of Brexit, and the pension tax revolt then train more doctors in the UK with written contracts stating if they accept the role that they cannot strike.
Did you know doctors get paid a commission by pharmaceutical companies to prescribe drugs and treatments?
Junior Doctor Salaries Explained – Personal Finance for Junior Doctors (juniordoctorfinance.co.uk)
Individual NHS doctors receiving £100,000 per year from drugs firms (telegraph.co.uk)
Number of doctors retiring early trebles in England and Wales | Doctors | The Guardian
NHS consultants ‘turning down work to avoid huge pension tax’ | NHS | The Guardian
Shortage of Doctors: Many doctors work long hours, including antisocial shifts, and complain of relentless workloads, while some struggle to reconcile childcare with the demands of working in the NHS.
The British Medical Association, ‘trade union’ has said the main reason doctors are retiring early is to avoid the huge tax bills.
The repercussions on the sick and dying when doctors go on strike
The healthcare system is an integral part of any society. When a healthcare system breaks down, it can have far-reaching and devastating effects on people’s lives, especially those who are sick and dying. One such scenario is when doctors go on strike. This is a situation that has occurred in various parts of the world over the years, and the consequences are always dire. In this article, we will explore the repercussions on the sick and dying when doctors go on strike.
First and foremost, it is important to understand that doctors play a critical role in the healthcare system. They are responsible for diagnosing illnesses, prescribing medications, and providing treatments that help people recover from illnesses. When doctors go on strike, the healthcare system is significantly impacted, and patients are left without proper medical care.
One of the most significant repercussions of doctors going on strike is that sick people may not be able to get the medical attention they need. For those who are already hospitalized, the situation can be dire. With no doctors to attend to them, patients’ health can deteriorate quickly, leading to complications and even death. Furthermore, without proper medical attention, sick people may be forced to suffer in pain, which can be devastating to their overall well-being.
Another repercussion of doctors going on strike is that dying people may not be able to receive palliative care. Palliative care is a type of medical care that focuses on improving the quality of life of people who are terminally ill. It involves managing pain, providing emotional support, and ensuring that people’s final days are as comfortable as possible. Without doctors to provide this type of care, dying people may be forced to suffer unnecessarily, which can be traumatic for them and their loved ones.
Moreover, when doctors go on strike, the burden of care often falls on family members and caregivers. This can be particularly challenging for those who lack the necessary knowledge and training to provide medical care. In some cases, family members may be forced to make difficult decisions about their loved one’s healthcare without proper guidance from medical professionals.
In addition, when doctors go on strike, there is often a backlog of patients waiting for medical attention. This can lead to significant delays in getting medical care even after the strike is over. The waiting period can be frustrating and stressful for patients, and it can also worsen their condition if they do not receive treatment promptly.
Doctors play a crucial role in the healthcare system, and their absence can have significant repercussions on the sick and dying. When doctors go on strike, patients are left without proper medical care, and dying people may not receive the palliative care they need. Moreover, family members and caregivers are often burdened with the responsibility of providing medical care, which can be challenging and stressful. To prevent such situations, it is important for doctors and policymakers to work together to address any grievances and ensure that the healthcare system functions effectively.
Should junior doctors be penalized for going on strike?
The issue of whether or not junior doctors should be penalized for going on strike is a contentious one. On the one hand, there is a strong argument to be made that doctors have a duty of care to their patients, and that going on strike could put those patients at risk. On the other hand, there is also a strong argument to be made that junior doctors are entitled to fair pay and working conditions, and that striking is a legitimate way to protest these issues.
When you are on starting salary of £30, your love for your job should be the priority and not the love of money.
It is important to recognize that the decision to go on strike is not one that doctors take lightly. In most cases, doctors will only consider striking as a last resort (when they want a pay rise), after other avenues of negotiation have been exhausted. When doctors do decide to strike, it is usually because they feel that their working conditions are unsafe or unfair, or because they feel that they are not being paid a fair wage for the work that they do.
One argument against penalizing junior doctors for going on strike is that doing so would be counterproductive. If doctors are afraid that they will be penalized for striking, they may be less likely to speak out about issues that are affecting their working conditions. (There is such a thing as whistleblowing).
Definition of Poor Working Conditions in Hospitals
Poor working conditions in hospitals are a serious concern that affects both the physical and mental well-being of healthcare professionals. These conditions can take many forms, including inadequate staffing levels, long working hours, high-stress levels, exposure to hazardous substances, and lack of access to necessary resources, (if there is inadequate staffing then jobs need to be prioritized and workloads spread out amongst staff members).
One of the most common indicators of poor working conditions in hospitals is a high staff turnover rate. When employees feel overworked, undervalued, or underpaid, they may be more likely to seek employment elsewhere. This can lead to a shortage of skilled healthcare workers, which in turn can negatively impact patient care.
Another key factor that contributes to poor working conditions in hospitals is the lack of access to adequate resources. For example, healthcare professionals may not have access to the necessary equipment or technology to perform their jobs effectively.
Stress is another significant issue that healthcare professionals may face when working in hospitals. Many healthcare workers must deal with high levels of stress on a daily basis, which can lead to burnout and other mental health issues. In some cases, workers may even be exposed to traumatic events that can have long-lasting psychological effects.
Exposure to hazardous substances is also a common concern for healthcare professionals in hospitals. Many workers may be exposed to infectious diseases, toxic chemicals, and other dangerous substances on a regular basis. This can lead to a range of health problems, including respiratory issues, skin problems, and other illnesses.
To address these issues, hospitals need to prioritize the safety and well-being of their employees. This may involve providing additional resources, such as better equipment and technology, as well as offering support services for employees who are dealing with stress or other mental health issues. Hospitals can also take steps to improve staffing levels and reduce the workload of their employees.
Overall, poor working conditions in hospitals can have a significant impact on the quality of patient care, as well as the health and well-being of healthcare professionals. By prioritizing the safety and well-being of their employees, hospitals can create a healthier. Poor working conditions can negatively impact their physical and mental health, leading to burnout, high turnover rates, and even errors in patient care. Therefore, it is important to define what constitutes poor working conditions in hospitals.
Addressing the problems within the healthcare system can prevent medical professionals from going on strike. Having a clear protocol to report problems within the departments can help staff feel confident that their concerns are being met.
Penalizing junior doctors for going on strike should be a lesson to prioritize the duty of care to the patient over arguments of pay rises and being overworked and underpaid.
Furthermore, doctors are batteries in the matrix, and if one leaves replace them with someone else. I can see eventually robots and AI taking over, sorting the problem out once and for all.
If people cannot manage their money at £14 per hour there is something seriously wrong with society and the government should take a dim view of causing a disruption in the health system and putting sick people’s lives in jeopardy.
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