“Red sky at night, sailors delight; red sky at morning, sailors warning”
BBC Radio 4's Analysis: War on the professions was broadcast on Thursday, 24th April 2008 at 20:30 and repeated on Sunday 27th April at 21.30 BST
'Government wants access to legal services to be much more widely available and cheaper. It also wants more flexibility in, say, the medical world, so that nurses can do some jobs historically done by doctors.
The professions warn that this risks reducing quality and lowering standards for everyone
The question of who polices the professions is also bitterly contested. They have long been largely self-governing, seen as a guarantee of protection from government interference and a way to uphold the highest standards.
But government has begun to regulate more and more directly, through powerful new bodies - for example the new Legal Services Board, the Architects Registration Board, the Postgraduate Medical Education & Training Board, PMETB.'Listen or read the transcript of to the programme here
- Sir John Tooke
- Bernard Ribeiro President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
- Professor Peter Rubin chair of PMETB
In the same programme, Bernard Ribeiro, head of The Royal College of Surgeons warns:
Top Doctors are not ready for posts
'The dispute centres on candidates who may not have a conventional UK-based training but who claim to have equivalent qualifications and experience. '
What do you think? Are the professions untiting to face this aggression?
“One timely cry of warning can save nine of surprise.”