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Friday, 14 December 2007

Don't kill 'innocence' in the nest!

“May the dreams of your past be the reality of your future”

This last Health Select Committee meeting was full of information that one needs to reflect upon. One of which was when a panel member asked Sir Tooke whether intake into medical schools should be reduced; 'turn off the tap' because of the 'bulge' situation. Sir Tooke replied to the effect that we do not need a 'knee jerk reaction' and that decisions such as these need to be thought through so maybe this will not happen for a while if at all?

Of course whatever decisions are made, they will not impact on future would be medics lives in any way similar to this below:

Sir Tooke said (Not exact words): 'there was a sense drift to the right (because of the EWTD reducing time and hours of training), That there needs to be a 'pull back' regarding the acquisition of skills and responsibilities and that medical schools would have to make sure that current standards are even better and that they are putting people out there into F1 jobs who are 'skilled up'

So, Sir Tooke is recommending that practical experience and expertise should now be geared at medical school as well. Sir Tooke did not give any indication as to when he thinks this 'shift to the left' should be implemented, will this take immediate effect? How will this impact on current medical students? Would this in effect make life much harder for current medical students to pass their now even more 'toughened up' finals?!

Already, some Medical schools held meetings with all students end of the last academic year and warned them about the reality of the current job situation. One 'new' school even told its students that the 'GMC' visited and commented that 'the school was not failing enough people!' That day, the school of Pharmacy were outside distributing leaflets to entice medics to switch to Pharmacy school and leave medicine! Already, morale at medical schools is rock bottom, especially amongst more senior medics! Now, with this above! .... Worrying to say the least :-(

Although I trust that Sir Tooke has very good intentions, I feel that this particular bit maybe used by 'others' to reduce graduate numbers in the near future by making the final exams much harder 'kill them in the nest' sort of thing! ... Terrifying!

This would be grossly unfair to the current medics who have already invested effort, time and money studying medicine and aspiring to be doctors. I sincerely hope this will not happen.

Policy makers:

Turn off the tap if you must, but don't kill 'innocence' in the nest for this would be a great atrocity!

“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.”

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