Maybe it’s me; I guess it is.
I thought that the medical profession was motivated by vocation – a desire to make the sick well and defend the most vulnerable in our society. Its values, as I perceived them, were founded upon an ancient and sacred oath. In return for that vocation, society tends to pay its medical professionals as well as it can. They enjoy a higher standard of living than most of us, a greater degree of respect, and a greater degree of job satisfaction.
Perhaps I set my standards too high, and perhaps the world is moving on from a place in which we can expect to be healed – I don’t know. But it does upset the balance of my respect when I see members of the noblest of professions represented by university yearlings waving placards in the best traditions of the Socialist Workers’ Party. And I do wonder if they realise how ingeniously they are being used.
Today they elected to strike. That is, they decided to withdraw the conditions of their oath from ordinary people far less well remunerated, with far less reward, than themselves. They showed themselves prepared to allow a risk of death to we poorer folks in order to advance their cause.
I have this message.
It is personal – forgive me. It contains some anger. Again, forgive me.
You might not like the government, but a majority as defined by our voting system elected them and that contains at least an essence of democracy. So, sorry, I thought the elected government’s mandate was to run the country? I don’t remember voting for the British Medical Association, and I don’t expect them to hold the elected government or my health to ransom. Yours is a political strike, heartless and cynical, with no regard for the nobility of the profession you decided to adopt. It is not motivated by concern about additional hours, it is all about the possibility you might have to accept a reduction in your ‘Premium Payment’ for weekend working, and your case holds a colander-full of water, because even within your own profession nurses, care workers etc., a lot more poorly paid than you, do not share those privileges. Stop whingeing and get back to work!
I understand some of you have threatened to resign over this issue. I personally believe (if that is not merely a disguise for setting forth in private practice) you should. If you lack that much dedication I would rather not be subjected to your ‘care’.
And who knows? After you have had some experience of the real world and smelled the coffee, your attitude might change?