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The prime minister is intent on privatisation of the NHS, and he and his henchman Hunt have really let themselves down badly in recent weeks. Imagine suggesting that work at 10 pm on a Saturday night is equivalent to work at 10am on a Tuesday morning: have they ever tried to get a plumber at 10pm on Saturday night? The only advice they would get for their blocked WC would be "throw two aspirin down it and ring me on Monday if it's still blocked".
Doctors have, in my memory of the medico-political scene, always been more highly respected than politicians. I have been a BMA POWAR from 1985 till my retirement in 2009, member and chairman of NICSC from 1985 until 1997, an Hon secretary of a division 1982-1988 and from 2006-2014 so have been close to many of the negotiations over that time.
The BMA must become much more adversarial than in the past two decades. Go back to saying NO. They did win the pensions battle with the result that this year's F1 doctors will have to work till almost 70, pay a lot more for a worse pension than we did.
Become less of a profit making organisation (ditch the BMJ) and start to protect doctors from these Tory vultures. There might be a few less honours, knighthoods and Dames but what the heck.
No competing interests
30 September 2015
John A Beirne
Retired Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine