Senior NHS doctors who refuse to work weekends face the sack

Sophie Borland reports in The Mail 15th December 2013:

Senior NHS doctors who refuse to work weekends face the sack: Hospitals with poor records could also face fines of up to £12

  • NHS’s top doctor said system ‘not built around patient convenience’
  • Professor Sir Bruce Keough wants to introduce penalties for hospitals where patients experience poor care at weekends
  • Follows research showing lives lost needlessly because of shortage of senior doctors on Saturdays and Sundays

This would be fine – if we had enough doctors. We don’t. Poor manpower planning has let to a 10 year lead-in shortage, and the only way for administrators to respond to the “knee jerk” response from the Minister is to import doctors from other countries, usually those who least need to lose their medical professionals…. I will be interested to see who is staffing the GP posts in the Welsh Valleys in 5 year’s time, when the current 1970s imports are retired. Plus ca change…. It is unethical to ration by deliberate undercapacity, and denying British students with the desire and the ability, to be doctors when they are so needed.

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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