Wong should join Junior Doctors CommitteeBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7015.1299b (Published 11 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1299
EDITOR,--I strongly second S J Krikler's suggestion1 that Christopher Wong2 should join the Junior Doctors Committee. If he and like minded colleagues think that the committee is not representing them, why don't they try to be constructive rather than damning and destructive? Why aren't they active members of their regional junior doctors committee? Why don't they come to the next national meeting of the Junior Doctors Committee, on 16 December, through the new visitors' scheme? Why don't they stand for election to the committee?
If Wong and Chris Davies1 and others believe that the Junior Doctors Committee has no mandate, who has? The committee is composed of highly committed people who spend a lot of time endeavouring to do their best for junior doctors throughout Britain. As a relative newcomer to the committee I am amazed at the emptiness of the debating chamber. It is a measure of the inherent apathy in junior doctors, which we can't afford to have, especially with issues such as the Calman report and contracts going down to trust level just around the corner. The emptiness of the chamber is balanced, however, by the commitment of those who religiously attend national meetings of the committee at the expense of their personal time. If juniors like Wong believe that committee members like Keith Reid have no mandate they should first acquaint themselves with what he and all current active members are trying to do. Reid is one of the people most committed to improving junior doctors' education and working and living conditions.
Partial shifts and reductions in the hours of work are ways of improving our lot, but we must also look at inappropriate duties and inadequate education if we are to remain truly professional (and stop ourselves becoming the poor relations of the European Union) and not just NHS dogsbodies.