Casualties of warBMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i203 (Published 14 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i203
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This excellent letter gives clarity to what is actually 'perceived' by the public via Media news, views and Spin etc.
It has also struck myself and many dental colleagues that there are many similarities with the imposed 'Cinderella' NHS dental contract of 2006 and the consequences to vulnerable children and adults when a service is simply spread too thin ( Ref.1 ) when Ministers decided to 'impose' a very bad dental contract upon nhs dentistry in England - sadly the harmful consequences to vulnerable patients are still with us today, worsening and Centrally HMG is still stuck in denial (Ref.2).
Please please don't let that happen to Medicine !!!
So yes it is an adversarial War and I did wonder if in such circumstances, we should all refer to MPs as 'Junior MPs' if they do not hold a TOP Cabinet Ministerial grade?
It seems most of the public do not realise the term 'Junior Doctor' refers to every Doctor in training who is not yet the TOP Consultant grade and thus even includes Senior Registrars and other Specialists too.
Then maybe Junior Doctors could call for the same working hours and conditions as' Junior MPs' have - there could be a lot of public support for that as the public become more informed of the realities and past, failed imposed contracts.
Maybe 'Junior MPs' would welcome a 7 day working week for themselves too, you know, in the public interest as public servants, or get a very healthy dose of reality and admit they got the diagnosis wrong!
Competing interests: I am a dental professional and have a duty of Candour to raise concerns publicly if I feel vulnerable children or adults are at risk. All opinions expressed are purely my own personal opinion and not associated or affiliated with any other bodies or organisations. Thank you.