Who is Kicking whom?
We will go where we please, we will discuss what we like and we will
never be brow-beaten by bullies. That's what it means to be British."
Dr John Reid at the Labour part conference.Manchester 2006
"I always humbly ask my Party Secretary for instructions and never indulge
in the luxury of taking the initiative. I carry out his instructions even
when I know them to be wrong. At meetings I never speak unless told to do
so. Then I simply repeat whatever was said by our Group Leader or the
Party secretary." (Life and death in Shanghai.Nien Cheng) as quoted by Dr
I wonder what is closer to everyday reality for most hospital doctors
in the NHS? Dr Reid tells us in Britain we have the right to discuss what
we like but that right is pretty useless if others have right to deprive
you of what is rightfully yours for expressing that right. We are said to
have the right not to be brow beaten by bullies. Again it depends on who
is monitoring this right of ours and whose side these authorities are on.
The kicking goes on and the author is right in saying that there are
two sides, the kickers and those being kicked. I however do not believe
that this was all truly intentional but that the Government and others
stumbled into the current morass and are looking for a way out. A start
would be to consider those who have learned medicine and specialised in
its application as friends in this task and not as those who have to be
Jayaprakash A Gosalakkal
Competing interests: No competing interests