Goodwill for the Health Service is fast disappearing, as is the safety net. Fear is returning as pre 1948. The politicians have burnt the boats, and need to build a new fleet. (In Place of Fear A Free Health Service 1952 Chapter 5 In Place of Fear)
AS A junior doctor, I routinely work about 10 extra hours a week. The NHS is propped up by the goodwill of all the staff, and with interventions such as Jeremy Hunt’s, morale sinks even further. We already work seven days a week and support the service. What we need at weekends is better access to diagnostic tests and more members of the whole team, not empty threats from the health secretary.
You have the perfect case study of what happens when you push people beyond the point they are prepared to tolerate in A&E. Punishing rotas make it nearly impossible to maintain a family or social life — hundreds of consultant and training posts are unfilled, and expensive staff have to fill the gap.
Dr Hannah Mitchell, London N1