7 day working in England – can the other regions afford it? Are there enough doctors to go round? Competition for recruitment could mean doctors all move to England! Wales might need to rebuild Offas Dike to keep them in..

Nick Triggle for BBC News 16th July 2015 reports: Doctors: Hunt willing to impose seven-day working

This aim is laudable, but reveals the short termism of current political structures. The undercapacity in all staff is one of the main reasons the objective is impossible. Depoliticising the NHS would have helped, before it became Regional. Now that there is competition between regions for doctors it has to fail unless  we import even more, and abuse another generation of aspirants. (Medical Schools: your chances – applications-to-acceptance ratio was 11.2.) 7 day working in England – can the other regions afford it? Are there enough doctors to go round? Competition for recruitment could mean many doctors move to England, thus increasing the Post Code lottery! Nothing like winning hearts and minds before making a change! Consultants already work weekends… Negotiation and rationing by ultimatum! Wales might need to rebuild Offas Dike to keep them in..

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is prepared to impose seven-day working on hospital doctors, he will say later.

Mr Hunt will accuse the British Medical Association of being out of touch in his bid to force weekend working.

Talks with the BMA broke down last autumn and with no sign of a breakthrough Mr Hunt is expected to set a September deadline to agree a deal.

If there is no agreement, he will say, he is willing to force different arrangements on new consultants.

The current consultant contract means senior doctors can opt out of weekend work as long as it is non-emergency in nature – although they are still expected to be on call….

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Not enough nurses or doctors? Or are we just inefficient? The situation is a disgrace and a scandal, and needs a war like atmosphere of honesty to address it…

It was the best job in the world – for me 1979-2012 – but now there are not enough of us to cover the country

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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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