Is it part of the locum's job to whistleblow?BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7188.951 (Published 03 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:951
A few weeks ago I went to do a staff grade locum post.This was my first conversation with a consultant at the hospital.
“Which medical school are you from?”
I gave the name of a London medical school.
“How many papers have you published?”
“I've published 28 papers, so you could learn a thing or two from me. Don't think that just because I work in … that I'm thick.”
And so it continued in a derogatory manner, with questions such as, “I suppose you have a little paediatric experience?” Questions which seem harmless on paper, where you cannot hear the tone of his voice. I have nearly four years' experience with one year of middle grade cover behind me. This is only my second locum post through my agency.
Have we all taken part in a conspiracy of silence at some point?
That afternoon I read the protocol handout that I have been given. My second shock was that the registrars are not allowed to send home any general practice or accident and emergency …