I am not a doctor nor a scientist of any sort. Although I wanted to be one but never made it. I still find science and medicine fascinating to this day and so I have great interest in anything medical and the sciences in general .. and I still wish I was a doctor. But I am now the very proud mother of three junior doctors and a Podiatry graduate ... and they are all gooorgeous too! :-)
Here is the reason why I am here:
In 2007, a year when UK junior doctor recruitment to specility training went berzerk and was grossly unfair because the selection was "lottery" style. The online system did not allow CVs , prizes, other qualifications, etc. The system awarded 1 point for an additional BSc, either 1st or 3rd class, same award! 2 points for a Phd, while if you can formulate a hypothetical story in 150 words on, say, an example of when you worked under pressure, you were awarded 4 points! There were roughly 10 questions worth 4 points each. Doctors were not formally prepared for this type of application and most good candidates were too busy attending to their patients, they just answered as best as they could .. and lost out, not one single interview for a third of all applicants. Of those who got in, some went to private companies @£400-£500 each and had them formulate the proper answers for them and got in, regardless of ability! There were 23,000 posts and 34,000 applicants, nearly one third of all posts were dead end one year posts. Add to this the fact that more than half of all applicants were from overseas in direct competition with British graduates. I never heard of this happening anywhere else in the world, where overseas work force takes over not just fill gaps. We now understand that the Dept of Health was on red alert but could not stop overseas applications because of a pending court appeal case with one of their organisations.
One of my children was a victim of all this and what many families have endured from January to August of that year was unprecedented agony! Our brightest sons and daughters' careers as junior doctors could have been facing total ruin after a life long commitment to the study of the profession they love and of "aspiring to excellence" as is fashionable to say nowadays. For some families, the ordeal continues. I started this blog to try and help remove this injustice because many excellent young doctors out there have lost out and I personally know some of them. We now know there are many British graduates without posts as a result of the 2007 fiasco. Our young doctors are the creme de la creme of their generation. They should be rewarded for their dedication, hard work and commitment, encouragement and not the humiliation and contempt they were treated with and the great injustice they suffered because of this debacle.
Since then, The Darzi Review, came out 30 June 2008 is now healing and fixing, thus providing hope for the future of Medical Training in Britain ...
Hope seems to be on the horizon at last and all our young doctors are finally in very safe hands :-)
I am a junior doctor's advocate
I also support the current NHS reform calling for quality, safety and the right of every patient to same as well as dignity and an enhanced patient experience.
With the launch of the NHS constitution, I feel a new dawn of fairness, transparency and accountability for patients as well as staff .. is just on the horizon ...
Let's hope ... :-)
Now that Professor Lord Darzi resigned his ministerial post back in July .. and with the projected financial trouble ahead for the NHS due to the current recession .. I am not sure Lord Darzi's vision will be fully implemented as he saw it .. and the future? I am not sure anymore ...
9 May 2010
General Elections - I was so confused with who to vote for, so I didn't. It turned out to be a good decision at the end, because it seems that those who did were confused too, they just ticked any box! We now have 2 big 'united' bosses, Dave and Nick. And there is Andrew, who has now taken over from Andy @ the Doh.
Will they reform the reform? Let's watch, wait ... and see ....
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