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Partha Kar: Our responsibility to the next generation

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l2242 (Published 20 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2242
  1. Partha Kar, consultant in diabetes and endocrinology
  1. Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  1. drparthakar{at}gmail.com
    Follow Partha on Twitter: @parthaskar

A fundamental problem with the NHS and its workforce issues sometimes tends to be us—the workforce itself. We can all make small changes that add up to making a big difference. Yet we shy away from them because we think they’re too inconsequential, we’re too beaten down by the process, or because, frankly, we don’t care enough.

A classic example of this has been how doctors have looked after the next generation of the workforce. This issue of pastoral care often comes up when junior colleagues talk about not having leave requests granted, even for special occasions such as weddings. When these issues arise I wonder: …

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